- Created: Thursday, 08 March 2018 09:55
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
We enter week three of a short 13-week legislative session going full steam. With the energy of a positive February forecast, increased bipartisan interest in housing, and Governor’s Task Force on Housing beginning to host regional forums throughout the state, MHP’s policy team continues to gain legislator support for our 2018 policy priorities.
Earlier this week, we were delighted to participate in Homeless Day on the Hill, which set a record of 850 registrants. Advocates from all over the state took over the Capitol for meetings with legislators, and packed hearing rooms on bonding and housing policy hosted the same day. Thank you to all who participated!
Photo: (clockwise from right) Libby Murphy, MHP Deputy Policy Director, Fatima Moore of MN Coalition for the Homeless, Pam Johnson from Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Kari Johnson from Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers dropping off the Senate Homes for All bonding bill
Homes for All Bonding and Appropriations Bills Introduced
With strong bipartisan support, the Homes for All bonding bills have been introduced in the House (H.F. 3125) and Senate (S.F. 2939). On Tuesday, advocates packed a hearing in the House Capital Investment Committee, urging lawmakers to support the $140 million in bonds for housing — $100 million for Housing Infrastructure Bonds and $30 million for General Obligation bonds.
MHP’s Local Housing Trust Fund bill is included in the Homes for All Minnesota Housing Finance Agency appropriations package. Rep. Dave Baker (R- District 7B) is the chief author and a handful of other co-authors have been secured. Yesterday, Homes for All dropped that bill into the hopper for introduction today.
The Homes for All appropriations package to fund programs to prevent and end homelessness in the Department of Human Services was also introduced in the House and Senate.