Thank you for your advocacy! This year, a bonding bill passed that includes $37.5 million for affordable housing. Homes for All is a partnership of over 40 housing and homeless service organizations.

Representative Alice Hausman Thanks Housing Advocates

Legislative Update

May 2012

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • Bonds for Housing –  $35.5 million for housing/homelessness. Bonds for housing will be used to build and preserve affordable housing, rehabilitate public housing, and invest in supportive housing for homeless Minnesotans. ($30 million for housing infrastructure bonds; $5.5 million general obligation bonds for public housing rehabilitation; plus $2 million for construction of the Tubman Center East.)

Impact: Between 2,100 and 4,300 Minnesotans who lack stable housing will be served by this investment. Over 1,000 housing units will be built or rehabilitated.

 SAFETY NET

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) – Legislation that would reduce MFIP eligibility and cut families from assistance was introduced this session. MCH played a leadership role to defeat reforms that would:

  • Reduce MFIP lifetime eligibility from 60 months to 36 months
  • Cut MFIP after families reach 100 percent of poverty level (down from 115 percent)
  • Mandate drug screening and criminal background checks paid for by the applicant and deny assistance to families if the applicant had a drug offense in the past 10 years

Impact: Approximately 116,400 people are enrolled in MFIP each month; 81,400 are children.

ENDING HOMELESSNESS

  • Visible Child Workgroup – The Health & Human Services bill included the establishment of a work group to identify issues and recommend policies to improve the well being of homeless children.

Need: Approximately 3,900 children are homeless on any given night. Over 14,000 Minnesota children are homeless at least once over the course of the year.

  • Long-Term Homeless Supportive Services Fund — $200,000 restored for homeless services.

Need: Over 5,000 Minnesota children, youth, and adults experienced long-term homelessness in 2009.

 

Housing for Homeless Students Act

Housing for Homeless Students Act letter from Senator Al Franken.

Read the bill – Housing for Homeless Students Act.

Homes for All Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 7_27_12

Minutes Meeting 5_24_12

Meeting Minutes 4_20_12

 

Homes for All Resources

July 26, 2012 Agenda

Community Land Trusts

Door Hanger

Met Council Presentation

Member List

Membership Criteria_Homes_for_All

2012 Legislative Session Debrief

Alliance to House Minnesota Structure