Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Kari Dziedzic
Legislative District: SD60
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?
All levels of government have a role ensuring everyone has access to affordable housing across the housing continuum. We need to increase the amount of housing bonds to build more housing at that lower end of the spectrum (15% to 50% AMI); we need to change policies to allow some bonding money to build better & different shelters and medical respite; and we need to change policies and additional funding to preserve and maintain existing naturally occurring low income housing. We need to enforce housing discrimination laws. We should also look at putting more money into Working Family Credit and/or other housing subsidies to help those making closer to minimum wage afford "affordable" housing.
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?