Action Alert! Call Leadership to Fast Track Emergency Rental Assistance NOW!

While lawmakers and Minnesota Housing have indicated their interest in fast-tracking emergency rental assistance, through the legislative process, we are still waiting to see a bill. Every day we wait is a day that more Minnesota families face eviction. Please contact legislative leaders to let them know emergency rental assistance is needed NOW to help individuals and families remain housed. 

Lawmakers must do everything to ensure no family is displaced and unhoused, especially in the coldest winter months. The result of inaction is families facing an increased risk of homelessness and harm to health, educational outcomes, work stability, and more. When families are evicted, children’s education is disrupted in the middle of the school year. Individuals can’t focus on work when they are worried about finding shelter. With a $17.5 billion surplus, we have the resources to prevent evictions and keep families stably housed. 


Call and email Legislative Leaders TODAY:

Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman (34B, DFL)

651-296-4280

E-mail: rep.melissa.hortman@house.mn.gov

Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (60, DFL)

651-296-7809

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Rep Michael Howard (51A, DFL): Chair, Housing Finance & Policy

651-296-7158

E-mail: rep.michael.howard@house.mn.gov

Senator Lindsey Port (DFL): 55, Chair, Housing and Homelessness

651-296-5975

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Suggested message:

My name is __ and I live at [___address & city___]. Please fast-track a bill to provide emergency rental assistance to Minnesota families. Evictions are happening at historically high rates, with children experiencing some of the greatest harms from housing instability and poverty. From Duluth to Rochester to St Paul, families need ERA to prevent homelessness! Without state ERA funds, Minnesotans have nowhere to go for help. 

[tell your story – why is this important, why we need ERA now (we can’t wait)].

The vast majority of evictions are avoidable by providing families with assistance to pay the rent – fast-tracking emergency rental assistance is a win-win for renters and housing providers. Thank you!

MHP’s 2023 Dashboard of Impact

This report outlines the progress on goals for the first year of MHP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2023.

Legislative Session Kicks off with a Rally for Housing

On January 11th, Minnesota housing advocates packed the Capitol Rotunda for a rousing rally to launch the legislative session. Government leaders called for housing investment, including Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic, Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho, House Majority Leader Jamie Long, Senator Lindsey Port, Representative Michael Howard, and Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando.

We are excited in both House and Senate leadership making a commitment to Bring it Home, of which MHP is an endorser. We are also optimistic that Source of Income Protections, which Rep Her is prioritizing, will get across the finish line. Source of Income Protections will only grow in importance as we advance Bring it Home. People who get a rent voucher need protections to ensure they can use their voucher to access safe, quality homes. 

In addition to government officials we heard from people with the lived experience of struggling with housing, including Patrice Kunesh of the Native American Rights Fund and MHP board member, who realized the value of housing stability when she found herself living in public housing with her two young daughters – which was neither safe nor stable. Kunesh decried the disparities in housing in Minnesota, where Native people account for 8 percent of Minnesota’s homeless adult population, though they represent about 2% of the population, the largest disparity of any group in the state. She ended with a call for $2B for housing this year and housing on the ballot in 2024!

Becky Zoubeck and her two children live in a Habitat for Humanity home in Faribault built in conjunction with South Central College. As a Habitat homeowner, Becky has personally experienced both the lack of affordable housing in Greater Minnesota and the transformational effects of housing stability.

Sedia Omar of the New American Development Center addresses housing advocates

Sedia Omar of the New American Development Center, spoke directly to the question of a constitutional amendment for housing: “You may see a home as a four-wall place, but to East African families and the families we serve, a home means comfort, security.” Sedia continued with “These investments need to be at scale and for decades. We need a new approach, as the status quo has contributed to our housing crisis. We need new solutions. Our proposal for a Constitutional Amendment ensures that frontline leaders and grassroots groups and people with lived experience are decision-makers so that solutions are community driven. … A constitutional amendment ensures long-term investments in home.”

Jim Bargmann, a member of the Bring it Home Coalition emphasized the need for solutions as big as our problems: “Bring it Home, Minnesota will not only be life changing, but society changing. Families who can now afford their housing can move forward!”

Mary McGovern, president of the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council (MHRC), the city-wide public housing high-rise tenant organization, representing over 5000 residents living in the city’s 42 public housing highrises also spoke about the need for investment in housing.

From Left to Right: Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Gov. Tim Walz, Rep. Michael Howard, MHP Executive Director Anne Mavity, MHP Policy Director Libby Murphy

Research Publication: The Impact of the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium on Landlord-Initiated Displacement Actions

October 18, 2022

People call for help with formal evictions, but rarely call about the many other ways they are forced from their homes. Non-formal evictions, or extrajudicial evictions, are happening in the shadows, and in oppressive ways, and are a great contributor to housing instability across Minnesota. 

Nelima Sitati Munene, Executive Director, ACER

The Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota released a new study commissioned by the ERASE-MN Campaign that examines formal evictions and extrajudicial actions taken by landlords to move renters out of their homes, or what the study calls “Landlord Initiated Displacement Actions” (LIDAs). As well, this study analyzes how the eviction moratorium, in place from 2020 through 2022, affected the rate at which LIDAs occurred across the state of Minnesota.

LIDAs, particularly non-formal evictions, are understudied and not well understood – in fact, CURA’s report may be one of the first to examine non-eviction LIDAs to this extent. As Eric Hauge, Executive Director of HOME Line, which provided the data for the study, states: “This report demonstrates the scope of renter displacement stems from more than formal court eviction cases — it occurs more frequently outside of the court because of fragile lease terms, lack of tenant protections, and an overall power imbalance in landlord/tenant relationships. We need policy responses grounded in the real-life experiences of those impacted to prevent needless displacement.”

ERASE sought this study with an eye toward inspiring more, and more in-depth examination of landlord initiated displacement actions. “While this report is a good start, this is an issue we need to take seriously and understand the full scope. What we see on the ground is a much bigger issue. This data gives us a snapshot.”—Margaret Kaplan, President, HJC. 

The study found that calls about non-eviction LIDAs did not increase during the moratorium. In other words, landlords did not substitute extrajudicial LIDAs for formal evictions during the moratorium

After the moratorium, non-eviction LIDAs have increased above pre-pandemic levels. Thus, landlords are increasingly relying on non-eviction LIDAs. From the report: ”The moratorium may have produced a ‘new normal’ in which non-eviction LIDA calls are a larger percentage of all LIDA calls going forward.”

It appears that the moratorium had a greater beneficial impact on Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities (BIPOC) than white communities. For instance, post-pandemic eviction calls have remained below pre-moratorium calls after the moratorium phase-out, but have increased to above pre-moratorium levels for white renters. (Note: rates for LIDAs continue to be higher for BIPOC renters and communities than for white renters and communities.)

Download the full report

“The repercussions of a forced or unplanned move from your home, whether from an eviction action or other means, is devastating for families. This report prompts us to continue identifying policy solutions, like emergency rental assistance, that stabilize households and communities experiencing displacement.” —Elizabeth Glidden, Deputy Executive Director, Minnesota Housing Partnership.


The data this study examined was provided by HOME Line, which provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.

The Minnesota ERASE Campaign (End Rental Arrears and Stop Evictions) is an effort to ensure that the historic aid enacted by Congress reaches the lowest-income and most marginalized renters it is intended to help. Co-conveners of the campaign include ACER (African Career Education Resource); Housing Justice Center, and MHP (Minnesota Housing Partnership).

African Career Education & Resources, Inc (ACER) is an issue-based African organization working to end disparities within the African immigrant and African heritage community in Minnesota. For over 13 years, ACER has led in advancing equity in our community through organizing, education and advocating for policies that will result in equitable outcomes in our communities. ACER serves as a Field Partner of the RENTHelpMN program to expand access through outreach and navigation support to the most impacted community members in need of rental assistance.

Housing Justice Center (HJC) is a nonprofit public interest advocacy and legal organization, founded in 1999 as the Housing Preservation Project, whose primary mission is to preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. HJC attorneys work with tenant and advocacy organizations, public and private housing funders, owners, developers, and policy makers in their efforts to protect and expand affordable housing. Based in Minnesota, HJC works nationwide.

Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) expands housing and community development opportunity for those most impacted by economic and racial disparities by leading collaborative work to promote systems change and grow equitable development capacity. For more than 30 years, MHP has accomplished this mission by producing data-informed research, advocating for equitable housing policy, and providing community development services across the US.

Our State Surplus Should be Invested in Housing: Ensuring Minnesotans Have a Home is the Best Investment the State Can Make

by Anne Mavity, Executive Director, MHP

Housing investments are an excellent strategy for deploying our state’s historic surplus to leverage long-term, generational benefits for Minnesota. Every corner of Minnesota needs more homes that are affordable to families and seniors and ensure local businesses can recruit the growing workforce they need to expand and thrive.  

Each year, there are at least three requests to Minnesota Housing for housing project funding for every one that can actually be funded; these projects are shovel-ready right now and once built, will offer safe, decent, stable homes for generations of hard-working Minnesotans.   

Communities around the state—from Greater Minnesota’s rural areas to cities like Duluth and St. Cloud—are feeling the squeeze of rising costs that have put homes out of reach of too many families. Our state leaders have an opportunity to come together to ensure that all our neighbors have homes from which to build their future.  

Everyone needs a home – this is a bipartisan solution that can provide a fundamental building block of our State’s success. We need housing stability for all aspects of life: to maintain our health, to hold a job, for our kids to get their homework done. A stable home makes anything possible.  

It’s time to raise expectations for the level of investments we need in homes for every Minnesotan. Tell your state leaders why housing is so important to you and your family today! 

MHP & Taos Pueblo Housing Authority Collaboration Leads to New Housing

For the past three years, MHP’s Community Development team has been working with the Taos Pueblo Housing Authority to provide technical assistance on multiple fronts, including supporting their mission and helping to create a guide for staff in maintaining compliance. Another collaborative project is the funding and design of a 50+ unit new single-family housing development! Along with Heroda Bikax^e Consulting LLC, MHP brought in Ferguson Pyatt Architects to complete revisions to a site plan for the Spider Rock development needed to accommodate recently discovered cultural artifacts. We’ve provided guidance on potential funding resources, layering and leveraging resources for infrastructure and vertical construction, and assisted in submitting multiple state and federal grants. These units will be the first houses built by the Taos Pueblo Housing Authority in over 30 years. Infrastructure groundbreaking took place on October 28th, with the first units slated to be built in the summer of 2023.

3 Former Taos Pueblo Governors listen to a prayer by a Tribal elder during groundbreaking ceremonies: Gilbert Suazo Sr, Richard Aspenwind, Nelson Cordova. Rick Romancito for the Taos News

Over the upcoming months, MHP will continue to work with the Spider Rock development team to submit more funding requests, assist the TPHA Executive Director in creating a strategy for selecting new homeowners to serve the needs and priorities of the Pueblo while maintaining financial stability, participate in a design charrette and community education event, and set the stage for the next phase of the development of 26 units non-NAHASDA homes (The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996). More on the long history of this project was featured in the Taos News

Barbara Dolan, Deputy Director of Community Development says, “It’s been a privilege to be working with the many devoted staff and leaders from Taos! A lot of hard work, time, and money from a truly committed team is making this project a reality!” It’s one more example of how MHP is working nationwide to live into its mission.

State Policy

Minnesota is stronger when everyone has a home. Check out MHP’s 2024 State Policy Agenda, which includes Bonding, Eliminating Wage Threat, enabling and incentivizing different housing types and densities, Source of Income Protections, Emergency Rental Assistance, Bring it Home Rental Assistance, and the Our Future Starts at Home Constitutional Amendment.

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Federal Policy Priorities

MHP works with campaigns and coalitions to promote federal housing priorities, including as a member of the National Rural Housing Coalition, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), and A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION Campaign). MHP also participates in the Preservation Working Group, facilitated by the National Housing Trust (NHT), and the Rural Preservation Working Group, facilitated by the Housing Assistance Council (HAC). MHP is a founding member of the Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home, a federal housing advocacy campaign.

2023 MHP Federal Policy Agenda

MHP supports The Minnesota Chapter of Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH-MN)

OSAH-MN is a federal advocacy campaign working to meet the housing needs of under resourced Minnesotans. OSAH-MN is committed to organizing locally and acting at the federal level to secure the resources necessary to ensure that everyone has a home. Learn more on the OSAH-MN page.

MHP’s 2022 Central Minnesota Housing Summit

The Central Minnesota Housing Summit was developed in partnership with the Initiative Foundation and Sourcewell. MHP convened regional nonprofits, developers, and housing stakeholders for a peer-to-peer, in-person workshop on regional affordable housing needs and local solutions.

118 people registered from 65 different organizations representing 15 counties and 2 Native Nations!

Tuesday, December 6: Summit Opening Afternoon

Doors open at 3:30, Program at 4 pm. Includes dinner and:

  • Opening Remarks: Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive at Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Minnesota’s Affordable Housing Needs: An Environmental Scan with Rose Surma, Executive Director, Oasis Central Minnesota; Anne Mavity, Executive Director, MHP
  • Keynote Address: Heather Worthington, Director of Inclusive Growth, the Center for Economic Inclusion
  • Optional: Stay over at Mille Lacs Grand Casino Hotel (limited free rooms)

Wednesday, December 7: Summit Programming

Includes breakfast, lunch and:

  • Opening Remarks by former Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Commissioners Mary Tingerthal, Tingerthal Group, and Tim Marx, Winthrop & Weinstein
  • Local Housing Solutions: Eric Charpentier, Executive Director of the Brainerd HRA; Dustin Goslin of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures; Sara Bunn, Workforce Housing & Multifamily Engagement Manager, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Barbara Dolan, Deputy Director of Community Development, MHP
  • 2023 Legislative Session Preview and Advocacy: Elizabeth Glidden, MHP, Deputy Director
  • Housing Development 101: with Deanna Hemmesch, Central Minnesota Housing Partnership and Melissa Wyman, City of Staples
  • Creating Impactful Partnerships in Affordable Housing Delivery: with John Rocker, Director of Lending, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund; Vicky Kinney, Executive Director, My Neighbor to Love Coalition; Gary Dietrich, GreenStep Coordinator, City of Hackensack, Bill Gray, Stakeholder Relations Director, Minnesota Homeownership Center,
  • Action! Next Steps for Affordable Housing

A PDF of the full agenda is available via this link.

MHP provides a high quality and safe experience at all of its events. Our team is taking the necessary precautions as recommended by the CDC. Complimentary masks will be available.

MHP is committed to social, racial, gender, and economic justice and strongly encourages women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and individuals who identify as BIPOC or LGBTQ to participate.

Contact harlan.buckalew@mhponline.org with event inquiries and continue to check back on this event page as resources will be added as they become available.