Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Dave Pinto
City/Town: St. Paul
Legislative District: 64B
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?
Housing is fundamental to human dignity and to allowing each person in our state to contribute and thrive. Government must play a central role is ensuring that everyone is able to have that fundamental need met.
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?
A key component in ending homelessness is having enough affordable homes. We need to build more homes and preserve the affordable housing stock that we have. And we need to provide rental assistance, as well as particular supports for those experiencing long-term homelessness.
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?
More housing and rental assistance will mean that more people can afford their rent and avoid eviction. We should also ensure that renters know their rights and that eviction is a last resort, such as through advance notice of evictions.
One model may be the legislation that would help the residents of manufactured parks cooperatively purchase their parks.
The centering of community voices is so critical. I’ll continue to look for these voices on my own, and even more I’ll continue to look to Homes for All and other advocates to help me find and hear from them – and ensure that other policymakers hear from them too.