Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020

Candidate responses in italics.

Name: Duane Quam

City/Town: Byron

Legislative District: 25A

Party: R

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?

Look at flexible regulations on housing. We did a min-house bill for temporary housing. We need to look at optional forms of housing, and flexible multi-use facilities.

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? 

Employment and mental health programs could be focused at homelessness. In the winter we have a bigger health issue, and need to look at creative solutions. The state could have a quantity of moveable housing for addressing temporay or seasonal needs.

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?

Address employment, and support programs. We need a ballance approach, or affordible housing supply could decrease.

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?

Address the education gap. Education and providing the skills is a proven way to improve outcomes.

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?

Tens of millions of dollars of LGA are specifically because of old housing. That money needs to be spent on urban renewal, including low or no interest loans for low income housing and home ownership.

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?

Urban renewal and revitalising neighborhoods. A strong community that cares is better in many ways.

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?

Options and informational programs. Many people are unawhere of or do not understand the advantages, or how to go about becoming a home owner.

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?

Rochester has several groups that have and are working for better access to affordable housing. They have established processes and networks with in the community. Taking advantage of those organizations has been useful.