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2017 Homes for All* Overview
Where we live impacts every aspect of our lives. Where we call home affects the groceries we buy, where we send our kids to school, and how we thrive in our community. At every stage of life, where we live is the foundation for our health, education, safety, and economic wellbeing.
But in communities across the state, there isn’t enough affordable housing. This leaves few options for Minnesotans struggling to make ends meet.
Housing instability threatens individuals, families, and students. More than 1 in 4 households in Minnesota are housing cost-burdened, an increase of more than 70% since 2000. More than half of Minnesotans experiencing homelessness are children and youth, with nearly 9,500 public school students identified as homeless or highly mobile during the 2015-16 school year.
Minnesota will thrive when everyone has a place to call home. Our legislative proposal strengthens Minnesota’s Housing Continuum, in every corner of the state.
2017 Homes for All Legislative Request
Homes for All requests an additional $30 million in the state budget for the full spectrum of housing needs: investments will prevent and end homelessness, promote affordable housing, and prepare homeowners.
Homes for All also requests $100 million in bonds for housing. These investments provide critical funding to build and preserve affordable housing throughout the state. In addition, we propose policy changes to promote senior housing and fairness for renters.
* Homes for All Coalition: Homes for All is a statewide coalition of more than 170 Minnesota organizations, which together advance shared policy initiatives that lead to housing stability for all Minnesotans. Many organizations work provide housing, some through developer associations and others through nonprofit endeavors. A much smaller group of organizations (including Lutheran Advocacy-MN) work on the specific policy issues, and broader community engagement on those issues. (Look up supporters/coalition members: http://homesforallmn.org/supporters)
Links to HOMES FOR ALL COALITION materials:
Videos: (The 2015 video by Habitat for Humanity includes pictures from many Homes for All partners, including several from a joint Lutheran Advocacy-MN and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota Affordable Housing/Homeless Youth event).
Coalition Website: http://homesforallmn.org/