Minnesota Votes for Housing 2020
Candidate responses in italics.
Name: Roz Peterson
Legislative District: 56B
1: A national poll in May 2020 found that 78% of the public believes our elected leaders are not putting enough attention on people’s need for help to pay for their housing during the coronavirus outbreak. What do you believe is the role of government in ensuring everyone has access to housing?
Housing is a basic need—no one should ever lack shelter. Government can play a huge role in empowering individuals so that everyone has access to housing.
2: In Minnesota, 80 of 87 counties do not have the capacity to provide sufficient shelter or temporary housing to those who are homeless. Nationally, a study of US cities found that 25 percent of all requests for emergency shelter went unmet. What will you do to end homelessness?
First we need a growing economy and policies that promote great jobs with good wages. We also need a mental health & addiction programs that work for those who need help.
3: According to the Census Bureau's July 22 Household Pulse Survey for Minnesota, and Stout’s analysis of this data, there are 132,000 potential eviction filings over the next 4 months in Minnesota. Over 90% of evictions in Minnesota are for non-payment of rent. What will you do to prevent evictions?
Grow jobs and wages by restarting the economy.
4: Being denied where to live because of race, family status, or disability is discrimination. In Minnesota, 53% more whites are homeowners than Black residents, a statistic that dwarfs the national racial homeownership gap of 30%. What meaningful steps will you take to address the root problems of racial disparities in housing?
Everyone deserves the opportunity to own their own home. First I would start with financial literacy—whether it is in our schools or community education. People need hope and empowerment to be the best they can be. I would work with communities of color to find solutions that work.
5: Our housing crisis includes a lack of safe, stable homes in Minnesota. The 2018 Minnesota Task Force on Housing identified a need for 300,000 new ownership and rental homes over the next decade. While there are 180,000 Minnesota renters with incomes at 30% area median income, only 100 units affordable to these families are produced each year. What steps will you take to support Minnesotans’ access to homes, especially for under resourced households?
First time buyer programs-make sure people know all the options available along with finance education.
6: More than ever, the public understands the connection between housing and health, as well as education, transportation, and more. What housing-based strategy would you use to improve health outcomes for Minnesotans?
Education -target areas that need help to utilize our resources that MN has.
7: Over 188,000 Minnesota renter households between the ages of 25 and 44 are income-qualified to purchase a home but continue to rent, including 64,000 households of color. What steps will you take to increase opportunities for renters to purchase homes, condos, or cooperative ownership models, if they choose?
As a realtor, I’m highly motivated to help more people move into homes and build equity. The easiest way to help people get into homes, is to lower the cost of a new home. Over 30% of the cost of a new home comes from burdensome regulations-that would be a good start—some have suggested “opportunity zones”—different than the Federal program but one that would allow buildings to use their creativity and knowledge to build more affordable high quality homes in the right places. I also helped work with manufactured home association to keep those affordable communities in place.
8: Including community recommendations when developing policies and programs is a best practice for effective and lasting solutions. How will you include those impacted by housing needs in developing and implementing housing solutions?
By working with groups like you! I also feels it helps to build coalitions with like minded organizations, such as the Realtor Association, ARC and others. Together we can do it! :)