- Created: Friday, 23 February 2018 10:27
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
Just two days after the start of the 2018 state legislative session, lawmakers and advocates came together at Carpenters Hall to galvanize nearly 100 members of MHP's Investors Council to leverage bipartisan support at the capitol and advance affordable housing across Minnesota.
Under the theme of Strengthening our Bonds to Create Homes for All Minnesotans, MHP shared its 2018 legislative agenda — which includes $140 million for housing in the bonding bill, along with legislation incentivizing local housing trust funds and the creation of a new housing tax credit — and urged Investors Council members to get involved. Libby Murphy, MHP's Deputy Policy Director, and Tom O'Neil from Dougherty Mortgage (pictured right) emphasized the wide range of opportunities to advocate during the session, from meeting with legislators at the capitol to simply making a phone call or sending an email from the office.
Driving home the importance and impact of advocacy, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle made clear that affordable housing is a bipartisan issue.