Where we live impacts everything. Stable, affordable housing is the foundation from which children learn, workers earn, seniors thrive and communities prosper. It's essential that candidates in the upcoming election cycle understand the central importance of housing to our state's vitality.
Election season is underway and with many competitive races at both the federal and state level, it is important to engage candidates and educate them on the importance of affordable housing on our state. Once elected, lawmakers will have the opportunity to vote on whether our state remains economically competitive by providing the resources necessary for affordable housing serving both renters and homeowners. This fall, candidates will campaign and participate in many community events. These interactions provide an opportunity to educate and advocate for investing in affordable housing as an economic driver.
Minnesota NAHRO, as a member of the Homes for All Coalition, has a number of tools and resources developed by member organizations to help raise awareness about the affordable housing crisis in our state. In addition, these tools help advocate for the investment in affordable housing needed to ensure that good quality homes and strong communities remain the cornerstones of a prosperous Minnesota.
State Legislative Profiles
Whether we engage in person or online, when we advocate for #Homes4AllMN, policy makers need to know what's going on in the communities they represent. MHP’s Legislative District Housing Profiles are an essential resource, providing data on housing measure for all 134 legislative districts across the state. While each district is unique in its challenges and opportunities, some troubling trends hold true. Utilizing data from the 2016 American Community Survey, we see a continued rise in housing costs, increasing numbers of families paying more than they can afford on housing costs and, in many districts, declining income for both renters and homeowners. Click here to find your legislative district profile. Don't know your district? Find out here!
Candidate Questionaire Underway -
MHP, with support from our Homes for All MN coalition partners, has invited candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives to complete a questionnaire on housing issues. The questionnaire is nonpartisan, and it is not meant to serve as an endorsement of or for any particular candidate or political party. Collected responses will be posted on the MHP website and updated as responses are received. Click here to read more.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity created a “reverse doorknocker” to help you engage candidates when they canvass your neighborhood. Just keep this by your front door and you will be ready to candidates about the need for affordable housing to keep Minnesota competitive.