Big Summer for Fair Housing

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing | On July 8, HUD released the Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). The rule provides recipients of HUD funding with guidelines and data to promote fair housing and ensure that everyone has the right to fair housing, regardless of their race, color, national origin,…

Housing bills move through House and Senate

Housing and services bills have been moving rapidly through the House and Senate, as both bodies position themselves for end-of-session negotiations. It may come as no surprise that the House, Senate, and Governor’s versions of the budget differ from each other when it comes to Minnesota…

2016-2017 Minnesota Housing Budget Update

In the final days of the 2015 legislative session, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s budget faced uncertainty. Lawmakers released the Jobs/Energy bill, in which Minnesota Housing’s budget is included, with less than an hour before the Legislature’s adjournment deadline of midnight on May 18. The House took up this “lights on”…

2015 Session Wrap Part I: Homes for All

At the Capitol this year, MHP worked with Homes for All to increase funds for housing across the spectrum of need. MHP and Homes for All asked legislators to budget an additional $39 million for housing development and supportive housing services to meet housing needs of…

2015 Session Wrap Part II: Workforce Housing

For several years, MHP has heard from community partners that the lack of available and affordable housing for workers in Greater Minnesota is an ongoing frustration which leaves renters competing for housing and constrains job growth. MHP believes that the Legislature has a role to play in addressing the near inability…

Southeastern MN: housing challenges for changing communities

Local stakeholders from southeastern Minnesota identified workforce housing and increased commitment to culturally-specific support at a regional housing dialogue in Faribault last month. The dialogue was held by Minnesota Housing, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF), and USDA Rural Development. Housing and community leaders were briefed on housing trends in the region,…