Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Brett Rose
Legislative District: 66A
1: A national poll in May 2020 found that 78% of the public believes our elected leaders are not putting enough attention on people’s need for help to pay for their housing during the coronavirus outbreak. What do you believe is the role of government in ensuring everyone has access to housing?
Government needs to ensure there is quality affordable housing for everyone regardless of their income/
2: In Minnesota, 80 of 87 counties do not have the capacity to provide sufficient shelter or temporary housing to those who are homeless. Nationally, a study of US cities found that 25 percent of all requests for emergency shelter went unmet. What will you do to end homelessness?
We need to provide long-term temporary housing and training programs that will help get people back on their feet and into their own place.
3: According to the Census Bureau's July 22 Household Pulse Survey for Minnesota, and Stout’s analysis of this data, there are 132,000 potential eviction filings over the next 4 months in Minnesota. Over 90% of evictions in Minnesota are for non-payment of rent. What will you do to prevent evictions?
The current crisis which has put so many residents month behind on their rent and makes it extremely difficult to catch up. We need to work with business owners and make a plan that either the owed rent can be divided into equal payments added monthly to the remainder of the lease. We also need more programs that can offer assistance to those facing eviction.
4: Being denied where to live because of race, family status, or disability is discrimination. In Minnesota, 53% more whites are homeowners than Black residents, a statistic that dwarfs the national racial homeownership gap of 30%. What meaningful steps will you take to address the root problems of racial disparities in housing?
5: Our housing crisis includes a lack of safe, stable homes in Minnesota. The 2018 Minnesota Task Force on Housing identified a need for 300,000 new ownership and rental homes over the next decade. While there are 180,000 Minnesota renters with incomes at 30% area median income, only 100 units affordable to these families are produced each year. What steps will you take to support Minnesotans’ access to homes, especially for under resourced households?
I live in Roseville a city that hasn't had any new affordable housing in a decade. More incentives need to be provided to developers to build affordable housing not only at city level but legislative as well.
6: More than ever, the public understands the connection between housing and health, as well as education, transportation, and more. What housing-based strategy would you use to improve health outcomes for Minnesotans?
It obvious that if you're homeless living on the street dealing with the elements you were get sick more frequently. We need to offer more programs that will help get people off the streets into shelters and more importantly into a place they can call home.
7: Over 188,000 Minnesota renter households between the ages of 25 and 44 are income-qualified to purchase a home but continue to rent, including 64,000 households of color. What steps will you take to increase opportunities for renters to purchase homes, condos, or cooperative ownership models, if they choose?
My wife and I are income-qualified to purchase a house but chose not to. We have lived in our apartment for 9 years now and It is our home. However for those who want to purchase we need to continue first time home buyer credit as well as other incentives for their first purchase.
8: Including community recommendations when developing policies and programs is a best practice for effective and lasting solutions. How will you include those impacted by housing needs in developing and implementing housing solutions?
By looking at what the current area offers and look at the comp plan and research showing what it is missing and then determining the best outcome for the area.