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Minnesota Housing Board September 2014

The September Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Board meeting covered several important topics. The board was briefed about the administrative complaint being filed with HUD against the Agency and several other entities. The board also approved the 2015 Affordable Housing Plan after review of public comments. Additionally, two pilot programs received funds - one assisting young families and another protecting affordable housing properties. In further news, the Agency withstood their first major computer virus attack.

   

Aging and Affordable Housing: The Growing Crisis

According to a recent Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies & AARP Foundation study, by 2030, the number of people aged 65 and older is estimated to reach 73 million, increasing by 33 million in two decades.  Here in Minnesota, more than 1 in 5 residents in each of our 87 counties will be over 65 by this date. This “rapid aging” of America, including Minnesota, creates several challenges for housing, ranging from affordability to accessibility. What do we need to do in our state to ensure that the needs of seniors will be met?

   

Minnesota Housing Board August 2014

At the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency August board meeting, the board approved distribution of rehab rental loans and housing counseling awards. The board also examined drafts of the Affordable Housing Plan in anticipation of adopting the plan in its September meeting. In addition to receiving other updates, board members asked several questions, including one about meeting the housing needs of seniors.

   

First Met Council Housing Policy Plan in 30 years: What's in it?

For the first time in nearly 30 years, housing advocates have the opportunity to help shape the regional housing policy in the Twin Cities. The Metropolitan Council's 100+ page Housing Policy Plan, the first such document since 1985, has the potential to impact housing in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in several key ways. With the Council's unique ability to convene public and private stakeholders around issues impacting the Twin Cities, the plan's impact is far-reaching.

In particular, the plan includes numerous initiatives for expanding housing choice in the metro area. For this, it deserves scrutiny and support, although MHP recommends several amendments. Read more about what's in the plan, and how you can weigh in.

   

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Events

Fall Media Forum, Twin Cities Media Alliance, 11/8, 9:30am

9th Annual Economic Outlook: Prosperity in the Age of Decline, ULI, 11/12, 7:30am

Overcoming Racism Conference 2014: Cultivating Transformation, The Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC), 11/14-11/15

Janet Viveiros and Amy Clark of NHC for a free webinar Wednesday, July 23, 2 pm ET

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