- Created: Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:08
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
The 2018 state legislative session has ended, and while it's now quiet at the Capitol, housing advocates across Minnesota are celebrating a historic investment in the housing continuum.
Signed by Governor Dayton this week, the bonding bill includes $90 million for affordable housing and an additional $30 million for mental health crisis centers secured by Homes for All MN coalition partners.
With last year's $77 million investment, over the 2017-2018 biennium, the Minnesota legislature has invested $197 million in bonds to preserve and build affordable housing and to provide homeownership opportunities, signaling a growing recognition among lawmakers that housing bonds are key to addressing the growing need for affordable housing across the state.
Photo: Homes for All MN advocates pose at the Capitol on the final day of the 2018 session. From left: Kari Johnson, MCCD; Fatima Moore, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless; Libby Murphy, MHP; Erin Hanafin Berg, Preservation Alliance of MN; Elizabeth Glidden, MHP; Pam Johnson, TC Habitat
Our sincere thanks to housing advocates across the state who played an integral role in lifting up the need for investments in affordable housing and educating legislators on the impact of affordable housing on health, education, economic growth, and more. Read on for more updates from the Capitol!