- Created: Thursday, 09 February 2017 11:56
How should the state allocate its bonding resources for housing to have the biggest impact — and take full advantage of federal funds? A new proposal, supported by MHP, seeks to amend Minnesota bond statute to develop more rental housing to meet the tremendous need among low and moderate-income Minnesotans.
HAVEN is a newly formed Minnesota non-profit association conceived in late 2016 to promote "a full and public discussion of how best to support Minnesota’s urgent demand for affordable multifamily housing by making most efficient use of tax-exempt bonds and 4% low-income housing tax credits." Its current proposal would amend the state’s statute that governs use of Minnesota’s allocation of the federally authorized tax-exempt bonds. Currently Minnesota is allowed to issue approximately $550 million annually in these tax-exempt bonds. The HAVEN proposal would affect the Housing Pool, which amounted to $182 million in 2016.
What would the HAVEN proposal do?