Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Emma Greenman
Legislative District: 63B
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 a human right and we all need to work together -- state, local, federal governments, philanthropy, and others to collectively address the issue and ensure every Minnesotan has affordable housing and a place to call home.
I know what it's like to move around a lot, in search of safe affordable housing. As a kid, I felt the anxiety of being on a waiting list for affordable housing units, and I remember the sense of relief when my mom was approved for a housing subsidy. Public support of affordable housing provided my mom and me stability and safety. No kid or family should have to worry about whether they can stay in their home, their community and their school because of a lack of affordable housing. For me, housing stability is deeply personal and informed by my own experience. I will carry that lens into my work in the House of Representatives.
I will fight here in Minnesota for policies that promote and advance housing stability for Minnesotans across the continuum - but particularly for those requiring deeply affordable housing to achieve true and lasting stability. This would include, but not be limited to, greatly expanded rental assistance for families, increased home-ownership among BIPOC communities and creating more realistic pathways for lower-wage working families to buy their own homes; fight for significant investments in affordable housing and public housing rehab in future bonding bills, and leverage both proven and innovative new approaches to preventing and ending homelessness in Minnesota. I will work to expand and preserve affordable housing and protect and empower tenants’ rights initiatives.