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Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020

Candidate responses in italics.

Name: Liz Boldon

City/Town: Rochester

Legislative District: 25B

Party: DFL

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?

I believe the role of government is to make people's lives better. Everyone needs safe, affordable housing, this is an integral part of people being able to thrive.

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? 

I will work with organizations who are experts and doing the work in this area to identify policy and budget solutions to this problem. Homelessness shoudl not be criminalized, instead we shoudl be making sure people have the resources they need to be cared for and safe.

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?

I support policies that provide rental assistance to those who need it. I support Governor Walz taking executive action to hault evictions.

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?

I support legislation to provide paths to home ownership authored by Rep. Noor that was included in a recent House Bonding Bill.

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?

Minnesotans should not need to pay more than 1/3 of their income to housing, I support economic supports to make that a reality. We need to fully fund houseing supports as well as build new affordable housing units. These items shoudl be included in a robust bonding bill that puts the needs of working families first.

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?

Housing directly affects the health of Minnesotans. All Minnesotans deserve safe, healthy communities. Housing needs to be central in the conversation around how to promote the health and wellness of communities.

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?

We should incentivise and fund pathways to ownership. We also need to address obsticles to homeownership such as the high cost of healthcare, student load debt and childcare.

8: Including community recommendations when developing policies and programs is a best practice for effective and lasting solutionsHow will you include those impacted by housing needs in developing and implementing housing solutions?

I will seek out and listen to those who are directly impacted - both individuals and personally, as well as organizations who are adovcating and working in this area.