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Prosperity for All Legislation Clears Hurdle

We have exciting news from the State Capitol! On March 10, the bill to increase MFIP cash assistance by $100/month was approved unanimously in the Senate Health and Human Services committee. If it is included in the final budget deal, this will be the first MFIP increase since 1986. You can watch a clip from […]


Governor Dayton’s Budget Proposal

Governor Dayton released his 2016-17 budget proposal this week.  The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless praises Governor Dayton’s support for children and families. Top budget priorities include a child care tax credit, statewide pre-k, and wrap around school services. Here’s what we’re watching: HOMES FOR ALL $2.5M increase for Bridges (rental assistance for individuals with serious […]


Today’s Housing Hearing

We’re in the first few weeks of the 2015 Legislative Session. This afternoon, lawmakers on the Minnesota House Jobs & Economic Development Committee learned about housing issues from Commissioner Tingerthal and the 2015 Homes for All agenda. Thanks to everyone who made it to the hearing! [View the story “Kicking Off the Legislative Session” on […]


Legislative Wrap Up: $100 Million for Housing Passed!

In 2014, advocates and community members from across the state rallied to pass a record-breaking $100 million in bonds for housing at the State Capitol. On May 20, 2014, Governor Dayton signed the bill into law.  This funding will be used to build and preserve over 5,000 units of affordable housing for homeless and low-income Minnesotans. […]


Legislative Wrap Up: Historic Changes for Striving Families

Here is a list of all the affirmative and positive MFIP policy changes that passed last week.  Your Prosperity for All support and advocacy paid off in big ways! EDUCATION.  The MFIP workforce education changes will take effect July 1, 2014:  Unlimited participation will be allowed in adult basic education, GED coursework, ESL, and post-secondary education/training (including 4-year programs).  Several statutory barriers […]


Walk a Mile

Policymaking 101 requires you to put yourself in the shoes the people affected. Let’s jump into the shoes of one of the 10,000 adults without a high school diploma or GED who participate in Minnesota’s welfare program (Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP). MFIP is the primary economic safety net for low-wage workers with children. COUNSELOR: […]


Join us in thanking legislators

Good news came out of the Capitol last week. The House Capital Investment Committee released it’s bonding bill proposal: it includes $100 million for housing! The Senate will release its bonding proposal next month. The MFIP Workforce Education Bill was also approved by key committees. Lawmakers will need to decide if it will be included in the final Health […]


Homeless Day on the Hill 2014

[View the story “Homeless Day on the Hill 2014” on Storify]


At the Capitol: Homes for All Bill Hearing

[View the story “Homes for All: Bond for Housing” on Storify]


2014 Legislative Session: Advocacy Check List

The legislative session kicks off February 25, 2014. Governor Dayton is calling this year the “un-session.” We know it will be shorter than usual. Your advocacy is more important than ever in the coming weeks for two reasons. First, lawmakers need to know housing and economic opportunity are a priority this year–even on a short […]