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ThaoMee Xiong, MHP Policy Director, Recognized for Public Policy Achievement

thaomee headshot croppedThaoMee Xiong, MHP's Policy Director, was recognized last week for her standout achievements this past legislative session at the fifth annual Politics in Minnesota/Capitol Report Leaders in Public Policy Awards celebration.

Xiong served as co-chair of the policy committee of the Homes for All alliance, which led the successful effort to secure $100 million in bonds for housing at the Minnesota Legislature in 2014.

As part of the awards event, she was recognized for her service in the category of Public Policy Achievement (Housing).

   

Not-to-Miss Minnesota Resources on Housing

Minnesota is fortunate to have several well-respected organizations producing timely and useful reports on our state's top housing and community issues. This resource round-up features recent work from three local organizations: Family Housing Fund, Minnesota Homeownership Center, and the Wilder Foundation, looking at children, rental, homeownership, and homelessness.

   

June 2014 Minnesota Housing Board Meeting

For the June meeting of Minnesota Housing’s board, a highlight of the discussion was the volume of housing development applications received this year after the Agency was awarded an additional $100 million in bonding funds at the legislature. Staff reviewed strategies the Agency is using to try to contain costs of developments. Some funds were approved for usage to augment supportive housing services for people who’ve been homeless long term. A new board member was introduced, and the board was informed of a slight increase in the Agency’s administrative costs.

   

Rental Construction Up Nearly 70%, but Lower-Income Families May Not Benefit: New 2x4 Report

building permitsHousing construction is booming in Minnesota. Yet much of that new construction is likely to be out of reach for low-income Minnesotans in need of homes they can afford, finds the latest 2x4 Report, released today. The 2x4 has also been redesigned with updated content with this release.

   

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Events

Building Support for Homeownership and Rental Choices: A Review of Public Opinion and Messaging Research webinar, National Housing Conference, 7/23, 1 pm CST

Educating Voters on Housing Issues, NLIHC Web Training, 7/24, 1pm CST

Convening on Racial Equity, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, 8/5 6pm & 8/6, 8:30am, University of Minnesota

Preservation through Energy Efficiency conference, National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, 9/15, Minneapolis.

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference, Sep. 15-16, Rochester.

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

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