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Week 8 of the legislative session featured the release of the February forecast, the Governor’s announcement of a bonding bill, and many hearings on affordable housing investments and policy.  

Thank you, Governor Walz!

Following a historic investment in housing in his proposed budget, Governor Walz has included $150 million to preserve and create affordable homes in his $1.3 billion bonding bill, released this week. Walz made his announcement at Upper Post Veterans Community, which provides affordable homes for formerly homeless veterans. Watch Governor Walzspeak with Upper Post residents. Explore a fact sheet outlining what Governor Walz’s prioritizes in his bonding bill. Read more from MPR

Join Minnesota Housing Partnership and the Homes for All MN coalition in thanking Governor Walz on social media with the post below! 

Thank you for putting together a bonding bill that highlights housing stability as a priority and truly invests in the future of our state. @GovTimWalz @LtGovFlanagan #OneMinnesota #Homes4AllMN

MN #HousingTaxCredit gaining steam

Heard this week by the House Taxes Committee, the MN#HousingTaxCredit (HF 1156) is moving ahead. Supported by more than 70 organizations, the measure leverages private investment in affordable housing by providing a tax credit to neighbors and local businesses in exchange for their contributions to affordable housing projects.

In a press release, Chief Author Rep. Brad Tabke (DFL-55A) said, “There’s a growing, cross-sector consensus that our communities need affordable homes to prosper, and we are not meeting these needs. Without a significant investment leveraging private market participation, Minnesota will continue to lose more affordable homes than it creates.” 

We’re grateful to our testifiers for making a strong case for the bill! Read more from Session Daily and on our blog. Join our growing list of supporters!

Minnesota budget surplus shrinks to $1 billion

On Thursday February 28, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released its February Budget and Forecast. Three months ago, MMB announced a projected surplus of $1.54 billion. Now, they project a surplus of $1.05 billion – a $492 million decrease since November. Also of note, the forecast numbers do not account for inflation. Keeping up with inflationary costs for Minnesota’s current commitments would cost an additional $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2020-21, erasing the budget surplus. Governor Walz’s budget included a cushion of about $700 million. The reduced surplus shrinks that cushion and will make final budget negotiations with the legislature more challenging. You can read more about the forecast from Session Daily and MPR.

Local housing trust fund match introduced in the Senate!

Local housing trust funds are a simple, flexible tool for Minnesota communities of all sizes to tackle their affordable housing needs. A new measure, introduced this week in the Senate, would incent cities to create a trust fund by providing a state match. Thanks to Chief Author SenatorAndrew Lang (R-Willmar) and co-authors Senators Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria), Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul), and Kent Eken (DFL-Moorhead/Detroit Lakes). The measure was previously introduced in the House (HF 1402). Thanks again to Chief Author Rep.Michael Howard (DFL-Richfield/Bloomington)! 

House and Senate hear key Homes for All bills

It was an important week for Homes for All measures on affordable housing and homeownership. On Tuesday, the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy Committee heard SF 942, which creates a funding mechanism for affordable homeownership. They also considered SF 1214, which appropriates funds to key Minnesota Housing programs. The committee heard a summary of the Office of the Legislative Auditor reporton Minnesota Housing’s Challenge Program. Watch the hearing

On Wednesday, the House Housing Finance and Policy Division heard testimony on HF 884, the House companion to SF 942. Another measure, HF 859, would provide funding to the Challenge Program. Listen to the hearing. Hats off to the Workforce Homeownership Minnesota coalition and Homes for All advocates for advancing these bills!  

Upcoming Hearings 

Tuesday, March 5, the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy Committee will hear a handful of housing bills. They are: 

  • SF 1611 Housing supports for persons with mental illness
  • SF 1669 Housing infrastructure grants pilot program
  • SF 1644 Minnesota Bond Allocation Act housing bonds modification 

Wednesday, March 6, the House Housing Finance and Policy Committee has a full schedule of housing policy items. See the full agenda. Bills scheduled for hearing include: 

  • HF 495 Residential lease requirements amended 
  • HF 1511 Eviction case court files
  • HF 1571 Manufactured home parks closure or modification procedures
  • HF 1876 Tenants notice of residential rental property sale
  • HF 1918 Infirmity of tenant termination of lease

Bills introduced

House

  • HF 1830 Manufactured home park redevelopment
  • HF 1876 Notice of sale for certain residential property
  • HF 1918 Termination of lease upon infirmity of tenant
  • HF 1511 Eviction case court files
  • HF 1571 Manufactured home parks closure or modification procedures
  • HF 1574 Required affordability period for MN Housing financed projects

Senate

  • SF 1864 Human services appropriation, housing support modification
  • SF 1871 Manufactured home park redevelopment program
  • SF 1751 Eviction case court files
  • SF 1784 Nonprofit capacity building grants
  • SF 1785 Right to counsel in certain public housing eviction actions
  • SF 1798 Lead safe homes grant program
  • SF 1644 Modifying the Minnesota Bond Allocation Act relating to housing bonds
  • SF 1669 Pilot program providing grants for housing infrastructure 

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