Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Benjamin Dolan
Legislative District: 17A
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 Government should assist in helping the people find affordable housing.
I will help the Counties in my State to help meet the needs of those who are without homes and improve the less than sufficient housing that some people have. All counites should be able to meet emergency requirements. I will work hard on day 1 to ensure counties have enough to meet these 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?
I will work with others in the legislature to help those with potential evictions. No one should lose their home due to Covid.
work on passing laws that punish discrimination based on those factors as well laws that will encourage first generation homeownership
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 will work with local communities to understand their housing needs. This is important to me, I want children in our area to have a safe and stable home. I want senior citizens living on a fixed income to feel confident in their housing situation. I want working people to be able to afford good housing.