Each year, Minnesota Housing Partnership adopts and endorses state and federal policies, programs and legislation seeking to provide safe, affordable homes for all Minnesotans. To supplement its policy initiatives, Minnesota Housing Partnership promotes opportunities throughout the year for citizens to engage their policy makers in discussions about affordable housing issues.
Minnesota Housing Partnership seeks to collaborate with individuals and organizations to broaden support for public and private housing initiatives enabling low- and moderate-income Minnesotans to live in and contribute to their communities.
2016 State Legislative Priorities
Appropriate $130 million in bonds in coordinated effort with the Homes for All coalition. $20 million in General Obligation Bonds and $110 million in Housing Infrastructure Bonds.
Amend statute to add as an eligible use of Housing Infrastructure Bonds housing for seniors with an income at or below 50 percent area median income.
Support new resources to create workforce housing in Greater Minnesota. First seek funding for Minnesota Housing, and secondarily for DEED; and advocate that DEED and Minnesota Housing resources be administered in a coordinated manner, and meet a range of housing needs. Should new appropriated resources not be politically viable, back a workforce housing tax credit that is financially efficient and usable in all Greater Minnesota communities facing a shortage of housing for workers. Furthermore, for either new appropriations or tax credits, advocate that use of state resources not be restricted to properties that are market rate only.
Amend Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) statute for the Workforce Housing Development Program to allow pairing of these dollars with local, state and federal funds that have income targeting.
Amend the Tax Increment Statute to allow TIF funded rental housing to serve households at the same income level as TIF homeownership (115% AMI).
Create a Twin Cities metropolitan-wide funding source that is consistent with three principles: A. it is substantial in size (with a goal of providing approximately $100 million per year); B. It is dedicated (it will be a reliable funding source that Twin Cities communities can rely on as they address their proportionate share of the region’s housing need during the 2021-30 planning period); C. it is targeted to primarily addressing the need of the population with very low incomes.