On February 12, MHP celebrated its 25th year with an anniversary party at the Schmidt Artist Lofts. The event was a chance to celebrate our many partners and an opportunity for everyone to network and enjoy themselves. People caught up with old friends, made new ones, and shared ideas about how we can all continue to meet housing and community needs.
In January Star Tribune writer Lori Sturdevant wrote a column identifying several program start-ups of former governor Rudy Perpich that Mark Dayton should emulate. In his day Perpich, who was Dayton’s mentor, launched bold initiatives, although sometimes unusual (e.g., the chopstick factory), for education, economic development, and general state promotion.
In her column Sturdevant didn’t include affordable housing as a Perpich success, but she should have. During his final term as governor, Rudy Perpich initiated a process that brought attention and consensus around a comprehensive approach to a range of housing challenges then facing the state. Because similar challenges exist today governor Dayton should consider Perpich’s approach.
At the January Minnesota Housing board meeting, a change in board leadership and several new senior staff were announced. The board reviewed the agency's 2015 work plan objectives, and bylaws were approved for the formation of a Homeless Management Information Service (HMIS) taskforce.
The December 2014 meeting of the board of Minnesota Housing in the midst of the holiday season was brief. The board discussed staffing updates and the governor’s budget, as well as reports on bond sales in 2014 and the Agency's annual risk profile.