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Advocating for public policy and investments that support strong communities

Public Policy

MHP advocates for smart, efficient, and equitable solutions and investments to develop and preserve affordable housing and increase access and opportunities for the lowest income and most marginalized communities. MHP’s policy work is informed by our research on housing and disparities, as well as our Public Policy Advisory Group, who provide an equity focus to policy analysis.

MHP conducts policy development and advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels by:

Governor Walz announcing public/private partnership to address homelessness. MHP Executive Director Anne Mavity advocating investing in housing production as a long term solution.
Alisha Gelhert (MHP board member), ThaoMee Xiong, Sean Mock PPAG 2020 co-hort members meeting with former Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal
  • Convening advocates, and nonprofit, for-profit, and government sector partners for campaigns, coalitions, and conversations on important policy topics. MHP is a founding member of Homes for All, a 250+ strong state coalition, and Opportunity Starts at Home Minnesota Chapter (OSAH-MN), Minnesota’s only federal housing advocacy campaign.
  • Driving administrative advocacy on federal, state and local housing issues to ensure existing resources are prioritized to underserved communities and those most marginalized by current housing conditions. Innovating with new policy solutions and investments. MHP led efforts to create the state’s first housing tax credit, approved by the Minnesota legislature in 2021, funded at $60 million over the next six years.
  • Educating and training advocates, and engaging lawmakers on housing issues. MHP’s advocacy activities have included educating candidates for state office on housing issues, connecting housing champions with lawmakers, and advising partners on how to create housing programs and access resources, such as local housing trust funds.

2022 Legislative Recap

2022 State Policy Agenda

$1B for Production & Preservation

CREATE MORE HOMES

Proven programs and strategies targeted to families facing the greatest barriers and most severe cost burden are grossly underfunded, as are programs creating pathways to home ownership and wealth building. MHP urges lawmakers to prioritize:

Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB)

$400M to create deeply affordable rental housing and single family homes, and preserve existing subsidized homes and manufactured home parks.

General Obligation Bonds (GO)

$100M to ensure public housing residents’ homes are in good condition.

Local Housing Trust Funds (LHTF)

Matching funds for areas to dedicate local revenue to housing.

Upzoning with Affordability

Remove single family zoning for more diverse housing options.

SAVE THE HOMES WE HAVE

Thousands of Minnesotans in existing subsidized and non-subsidized houses are in jeopardy of losing their homes in the coming years and decade. And thousands of aging homes are so energy inefficient that they exacerbate housing cost burden and harm residents with toxins. MHP urges lawmakers to prioritize:

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A uniform $0.25 affordable rental home tax rate.

NOAH (Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

Funds to help purchase, preserve affordability, and improve quality of these homes, curtailing displacement.

Manufactured Home Park Opportunity to Purchase

Help residents buy and convert to cooperative ownership.

$1B for Access & Opportunity

Rental Assistance

Create a statewide rental assistance campaign that ensures that all households below 30% AMI pay no more than 30% of their income on rent. The lowest income Minnesotans would no longer be severely cost burdened by rent, and could more easily afford necessities like food, clothing, transportation, and medical care.

Source of Income Protection

Clarify state law so that source of income discrimination encompasses all forms of housing assistance.

Endorse Source of Income Protection here.

Watch MHP’s Source of Income Protection Webinar here.

Paving the Way for Home Ownership

Provide resources for counseling and down payment assistance.

View one-pager here.


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