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December 2013 Minnesota Housing Board

The pre-holidays December board meeting for Minnesota Housing covered changes in single family loans for better a fit with emerging markets, and extension of a program to rehab rental housing in Greater Minnesota. A report on the Agency's annual risk assessment was also made, and Commissioner Tingerthal announced the state's new Plan to End Homelessness.

   

Community organizing and political leadership keep leading HUD office in MN

ellisonhudseal teal 1Advocates have a major victory to celebrate with an announcement in late November that the Minneapolis Multifamily HUD office, slated for closure, would stay open for business. The decision to retain the Minneapolis office reflects successful advocacy mounted over a six month period by nonprofit and for-profit housing developers, lenders, Minnesota Housing, and key elected officials. Rep. Keith Ellison was at the center of this effort to keep jobs in his district and to retain a leading upper Midwestern partner in lending for affordable rental housing.

   

Looking forward, looking back: Minnesota Housing's November 21 Board meeting

The Minnesota Housing November board meeting covered several recent developments, including new sources of funds, new programs, and innovation for the Agency. From multi-family development to preservation of federally assisted housing, to rehab of ownership housing, new ideas are percolating. The meeting ended with a program review for 2013, including highlights and performance areas to monitor.

   

MHP Report: Sequestration cuts hit housing for state's seniors, families, disabled adults

Minnesota's most important federal housing programs for low-income renters are reeling unout in the coldder pressure from sequestration-induced budget cuts, according to MHP's newest report, which was released this week. Since 2010, substantial federal budget cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV or Section 8 Vouchers) and public housing have left local housing authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and to provide housing assistance. Based on surveys of local program administrators, the study finds that housing authorities across the state have cut staff, cut maintenance, and left available vouchers unfilled.

The report includes findings that are hard to swallow, but it arms advocates with information to share with decision makers in support of policy change.

   

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Events

2040 Transportation Policy Plan Draft Workshop, MET Council, 8/26-9/25, multiple locations

Public Hearing on Housing Policy Plan, MET Council, 9/15, St. Paul

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

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

Public Hearing on Transportation Policy Plan, MET Council, 9/17, St. Paul

A Community Development Debate, Emerging Leaders in Community Development, 9/24, St. Paul.

Distinguish Your Work: Outreach or Community Engagement?, Building the Field of Community Engagement, 9/24, St. Paul

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers 25th Anniversary, 10/8, Minneapolis.

Healthy & Housed: 5K Race for the Key, 10/11, Minneapolis

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

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