- Created: Friday, 28 June 2019 13:19
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
The June Minnesota Housing Board meeting included discussion on Minnesota Housing's tribal nations consultation policy, the 2020 Qualified Allocation Plan, a legislative update, and more.
Commissioner Jennifer Ho reported that Minnesota Housing is hiring a Deputy General Counsel. The application process closes July 12. The position posting can be found here.
She also mentioned that the Board received 41 applications for two open seats on the board. Interviews have been held, and she anticipates that Gov. Walz will appoint that position in time for the July meeting.
Commissioner Ho attended a second Indian Council Affairs meeting in Morton with the Lower Sioux Community, and held the first tribal consultations with White Earth and Red Lake nations. Ho is scheduling consultations with Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe yet this summer, and consultations with other tribal nations will be scheduled through the end of the year.
The Commissioner hosted another regional Public Sector Leaders conversation with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan chairing that effort, which focuses on bringing together leaders from all seven regional counties, Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as numerous State Commissioners around ending homelessness. Recommendations are being developed even as emergency winter shelters have closed and encampments are expected to re-appear this year.
Updated MN Housing Tribal nations consultation policy
MN Housing updated the agency’s tribal nations consultation policy. The main update is the timeline. The agency wants to create timelines to better align with state budget development, and to ensure substantive involvement with tribes in a timely, meaningful way. This will also assist in developing budgets that reflect the needs of tribes.