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Last week, the possibility that a bonding agreement could be reached by the end of session became even murkier. The Minnesota House of Representatives has not been able to pull together a public works (including housing) bonding bill that builds enough consensus for passage, stalling the usual process for reaching a final bonding agreement. Legislative leadership and the Governor have now entered into negotiations that will determine the final amount of an overall bonding bill, along with the outcome of other high profile bills such as the Vikings Stadium and tax reform measures.

The Minnesota House of Representatives currently has only $10 million in bonds for housing and homelessness in their proposal, and it doesn’t include public housing rehabilitation. Earlier this session, the Minnesota Senate proposed $36 million in bonds for housing and homelessness in their omnibus bonding bill, $4 million more than the $32 million for housing recommended by the governor. The original bonding request from housing advocates includes funding for public housing rehabilitation, housing preservation, rental housing development and community land trusts, and permanent supportive housing construction and rehabilitation.

Bonding Side-By-Side Comparison
 
House (HF 1752)  
Senate (SF 2577)
Governor (HF 2205/SF 1823) 
Public Housing rehabilitation (general obligation bonds) $0 million $6 million $7 million
Housing Infrastructure Bonds to address foreclosures, permanent supportive housing for the homeless, and federally subsidized rental housing. (appropriations bonds) $10 million $30 million $25 million
TOTAL $10 million $36 million $32 million

Over 350 members of the HousingJobs Campaign, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Minnesota NAHRO, Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition, Lutheran Social Service of MN, MN CAP and others have been telling legislators to pass bonding for housing and homelessness. In addition, housing leaders have done a great job generating media about the need for housing bonds. Here are just a few of those news articles and editorials from around the state: Duluth, Bemidji, Rochester, St. Cloud, Moorhead, and the Twin Cities.

Please take a moment to call your legislators and ask them to pass a bonding bill that includes the Senate proposal of $36 million for housing and homelessness. Contact Julie Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.