National Housing Trust Fund victory faces threat

Housing advocates are still rejoicing after the action taken by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt to direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin sending a portion of their profits to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) to meet the housing and community…

Housing update from the Minnesota Capitol

It’s been a busy legislative session at the state capitol, and MHP has been actively engaged. We have two main priorities this year: 1) the Homes for All proposal to increase funding for housing and services by $39 million for 2016-17 and 2) expanding workforce housing in Greater Minnesota in…

MN House proposes cuts, inefficient housing policy

Workforce housing has been a key policy priority for MHP, along with strong support for affordable housing through Homes for All. However, the MN House of Representatives’ budget proposal for housing, released last week, funds workforce housing at the direct expense of programs that serve lower-income Minnesotans. The House proposal cuts…

Housing Tax Credits up for extension – take action

The Senate Finance Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Congressional and White House leadership are finalizing details on legislation that would extend dozens of expired tax provisions either temporarily or permanently before the December 11 deadline. Take action today to influence the bill in support of permanent 9 and 4…

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”…