Omnibus bills come into shape: Here’s what’s in them for housing

Omnibus, omnibus! With the third deadline looming April 9 for committees to act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills, many omnibus bills have passed out of committees this week, with more to come. An omnibus bill packages several smaller bills into one bill; it can include appropriations and policy…

Housing Equity the focus of March Investors Council event

At Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Investors Council virtual breakfast meeting on March 25, 2021, Anne Mavity, Executive Director of MHP, welcomed a dynamic presentation and panel to address the topic of “Prosperity for All: The Role of Housing.” Specifically, Mavity asked ”How do we move beyond business as usual towards…

MHP releases 2021 State of the State’s Housing report

Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) has released its third edition of State of the State’s Housing. The 80-page report shows that more than a quarter of Minnesota families pay more than they can afford for housing — and that number is growing. In addition to spotlighting key trends across…

State and Federal Update: Rep. Ilhan Omar gives a federal update

Report by Hibo Ali, MHP’s Capitol Pathways intern for 2021.  As part of Minnesota Housing Partnership’s (MHP) fourth State and Legislative Update Series on February 19, 2021, attendees heard from US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN5), MN Representative Fue Lee (DFL-59A), and St. Paul Public Housing Authority’s (PHA) Executive Director, Jon…

MHP remembers Joe Weis

Joe Weis, a Rochester-based affordable housing developer for more than 5 decades, died over the weekend at 88. Joe was an active advocate for housing for under-resourced people, and he had a long history with the Minnesota Housing Partnership.  Many MHP staff remembered Joe as an advocate for affordable housing…

Walz releases budget proposal; here’s what’s in it for housing

This analysis of the governor’s budget was created by MHP Deputy Policy Director Libby Murphy. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Governor Tim Walz released his FY22-23 budget proposal. The proposal includes $100 million in Housing Infrastructure Bonds and $14 million in one-time appropriations. Proposed One-Time Funding       Program…

MHP Update features state lawmakers, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, NLIHC

MHP’s Deputy Policy Director, Libby Murphy, gives this recap of MHP’s State and Federal Legislative Update from Jan. 22.   As part of Minnesota Housing Partnership’s (MHP) biweekly state and federal legislative update series, MHP heard from Representatives Kaohly Her (DFL, 64A) and Aisha Gomez (DFL, 62B), community…

MHP’s 2021 Legislative Agenda

This session, MHP will use its resources and network to advocate lawmakers to increase investments in housing stability by adequately funding emergency and ongoing housing assistance programs; investing in programs that preserve existing affordable homes and add new units; and strengthening laws to support renters access affordable housing. Housing Stability…