Promotes policies that increase and protect affordable homes in Minnesota.
Lobbies for affordable housing resources through the legislative budget process and advises policymakers on the effective use of those resources.
Advocates on behalf of the Homes for All legislative agenda. MHP is a key member of this statewide coalition of more than 150 nonprofits, faith communities, housing developers, school districts, health providers, and local units of government.
Read a recap and reflection on the 2017 state legislative session here.
In coordinated effort with the Homes for All Coalition, pass a signficant, effective bonding bill that creates and preserves affordable homes in Minnesota.
Despite a challenging 2017 legislative session, housing advocates helped secure $77 million in bond funding to construct and preserve affordable housing, to improve existing public housing, and to expand support for homeless programs. While this was an important victory, the bonds secured in 2017 still fall short of the growing demand for affordable housing around the state. And because there was no bonding bill in 2016, it’s even more critical that the legislature pass a significant, effective bonding bill in 2018. We’ve been successful before. In 2014, MHP and the Homes for All Coalition played a key role in securing $100 million in bonds for housing – a historic win for Minnesotans.
Local Housing Trust Funds (LHTF)
Pass legislation that establishes a dedicated revenue source for LHTFs, encourages local jurisdictions to create a LHTF through a state match, and provides technical assistance dollars to communities as they set up their LHTF.
In the 2017 session, the state legislature passed language – created and advanced by MHP – that enables cities, counties, or regions to set up and resource LHTFs. In 2018, MHP will work with a coalition of supporters from across Minnesota to establish a consistent funding source and incentivize communities to take advantage of this locally-controlled tool.
Homes for All Agenda
Each year, the Homes for All Coalition creates and promotes an agenda that urges leaders at the State Capitol to invest in and grow affordable housing through appropriations and/or bonding requests and creative policies. MHP works hard to advance the Homes for All agenda by lobbying legislators, activating our extensive state network, and by getting the word out to key partners. See the 2017 legislative agenda here. Homes for All will determine its 2018 agenda this fall.
Photo: MHP Policy Director, Jeremy Schroeder, and Policy Deputy Director, Libby Murphy, at the state capitol in 2017