Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Gary Porter
Legislative District: 44B
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?
This is a tough question to answer especially since we are in a bad environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid is putting great strain on the revenues that government can expect to receive, at the same time because of the economic strain it is causing the rate of homelessness is growing. In the short term the government must act to make sure the homeless are taken care off. In the long term there are many things government can do to help solve this issue. Making sure that we get rid of needless regulations that are causing the cost of house to increase. Providing a subsidy to help low income workers afford housing. To name just a few.
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?
I think we need to provide tax credits to encourage developers to build low income housing and apartments. In addition, the state and local governments along with private non-profits must work to provide temporary shelter for those who are in need.
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 think we need to extend the moratorium on evictions until Covid-19 is under control. At the same time, we have work to protect landowners so they also do not lose their property because they cannot meet their obligations.