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Post-Session Housing Highlights for 2014 in Minnesota

The 2014 legislative session might be well behind us. But this year's short session brought huge achievements for housing, and we wanted to provide a recap. The most notable accomplishment of the session was hard to miss: passage of a full $100 million in bonds for affordable housing in the Capitol Investment Bill. The Legislature also approved several other bills in 2014 to address pressing housing issues in the state, such as a workforce housing in Greater Minnesota, disparities in homeownership between households of color and white households, and others.

   

Compromise bonding bill passes off House floor with $100M for housing

**Update 12pm May 16: The bonding bill was passed by the Senate this morning and is headed to Governor Dayton for his signature.**

Days before the end of legislative session, $100 million in bonding for housing is poised for final passage.

Early in the morning on May 16, the House passed a compromise bonding bill off the floor, which includes a record $100 million in bonds for housing. Because a three-fifths majority is required for bonding bills, the bill needed the support of at least eight Republicans to pass. In the end the bill passed 92 to 40.

This bill, which totals $846 million, will next head to the Senate floor, where passage is also expected. An additional $200 million cash bill was also passed by the House.

   

Senate Proposal Includes $80 Million for Housing

This morning, the long-awaited Senate bonding proposal was released by the Capital Investment Committee. The proposal includes $80 million for housing. We are grateful to Senate Capital Investment Committee Chair Stumpf and the entire committee for such a strong showing for housing. How does this compare to the House proposal, and what does it mean for securing $100 million in bonding for housing, the goal of the Homes for All alliance this year?

   

Statewide Coverage of Housing Features Superintendents and Local Impact

In case you've missed it, we wanted to highlight just how broadly housing has been covered across the state this legislative session. From Bemidji to Rochester and far beyond, housing has been in the news.

school-doors mainIn particular eight superintendents from across the state have underscored in a MinnPost commentary how essential it is to fund housing. Each day in their schools they see children experiencing homelessness and its devastating impact. The superintendents from Rochester, Duluth, Moorhead, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Anoka Hennepin, and Bloomington public schools have publicly come out in support of Homes for All and $100 million for bonding for housing. The superintendents explained:

   

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