Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Addie Miller
Legislative District: 47
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?
Having a safe place to sleep at night and eat your meals is fundamental to all other aspects of life - education, health, employment, etc. A healthy society relies on contributing citizens, and our government should be supporting housing for all.
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?
Facilitate partnerships between community organizations and local government, supported by funding for groups like MHP from the state. Private developers can help with some of this, but not all. The state should hold up it’s end of the bargain to support the housing insecure population.
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?
The COVID-related eviction moratorium in our state will end with the Peacetime Emergency. We absolutely must have a plan in place to address (prevent) mass evictions before ending the emergency orders. The legislature should assist renters and landlords to ensure no one is evicted or forced to sell property because of the virus.