Written by Elizabeth Glidden & Libby Murphy, MHP Policy Team
With only three weeks left in the legislative session, long hours and marathon floor sessions have become the norm.
Housing advocacy efforts continue at full speed. Thank you to all who responded to our campaign to send messages to lawmakers in support of the affordable #HousingTaxCredit (SF404/HF1156). Together, we sent almost 650 messages! With more than 157,000 impressionson Facebook, the effort helped bring major visibility to a proven tool to address our housing need!
Photo: In a recent meeting organized by Rice County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director and HRA Chair for the City of Northfield Dayna Norvold, MHP Director of Strategic Initiatives & Policy Elizabeth Glidden (right) met with Northfield leaders including Housing Coordinator Janine Atchison (left) to discuss data from MHP's State of the State's Housing report and the benefits of Local Housing Trust Funds. Thanks to attendees for engaging with the presentation including Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Northfield City Council Member Suzie Nakasian!
The Senate Tax omnibus bill was released this week, and it did not include the affordable #HousingTaxCredit (SF404). However, the bill did include funds for affordable homeownership, an effort endorsed by Homes for All coalition. The measure directs annual growth in the mortgage registry and deed taxes – up to $4 million annually – to an affordable home ownership program. The Senate bill also adjusted the classification rate for 4d properties to 0.25 percent.
Minnesota Housing Partnership is seeking an experienced Community Development Director who is looking for an opportunity to lead and develop a team of national technical assistance (TA) staff and consultants with expertise in a broad array of housing, community development and economic development. This is a varied, exciting role that requires a strategic thinker and a seasoned leader. This position is an active and participative member of the leadership team and reports to the Executive Director.