Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Sandy Pappas
City/Town: St. Paul
Legislative District: 65
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 would like to see efforts to preserve and create more affordable housing from all the levels of government. Certainly at the state level, we could do more than the $100 million we just passed in HIB. We could also do more than the $16 million we just passed for public housing. The state should also invest in shelters. The entire housing continuum should be supported by government
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?
To address the immediate need, I support Ramsey County using Bethesda Hospital for homeless persons with CD or mental illness. Winter has arrived soon and I'm very concerned about those living in tents. We also have to move upstream & keep people in affordable homes before they become homeless
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?
We currently have a moratorium during the pandemic and I support that. We should be planning now for what we will do after the Governor's eviction order expires. I'm open to hearing ideas from the aadvocates.
4: Being denied where to live because of race, family status, or disability is discrimination. In Minnesota, 53% more whites are homeowners than Black residents, a statistic that is abysmal compared to the national racial homeownership gap of 30%. What meaningful steps will you take to address the root problems of racial disparities in housing?