It may seem hard to believe, but the 2020 legislative session is just a few months away - starting on Tuesday, February 11! Our public policy team has been hard at work over the summer and fall to identify issues impacting Minnesotans with disabilities and their family members statewide. We want to make sure that our public policy priorities for the 2020 session focus on solutions to protect human and civil rights, help improve individuals’ lives, advance equity, and support true belonging in community.
Between now and the start of session, each issue of The Capitol Connector will highlight an item to be included in our legislative agenda. We’re calling it our “Issue Spotlight”, and today’s focus is affordable housing.
Affordable, accessible, inclusive housing options are critically important to ensure that individuals with disabilities develop true belonging in their communities, but we know that people are struggling to find housing statewide. This limits their choice, maintains reliance on more costly, less inclusive settings, and puts people at risk of homelessness.
Investing in affordable, accessible housing statewide can give more individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live in inclusive settings of their choice, which is why we’re supporting the Homes for All Coalition’s legislative effort to secure $500 million in bonds for housing.
Bonds are a type of funding specifically for infrastructure projects, such as building and improving housing to make sure it is affordable and accessible. Bonding will be a huge focus at the legislature during this upcoming session, and Homes for All is already working to make sure that key leaders prioritize bonds for housing.
You can help by contacting Governor Walz TODAY and asking him to include bonds for housing in his bonding proposal! Here’s the message that Homes for All is asking you to send:
“Hi, my name is [your name] and I live in [county or city]. I am calling as a member of Homes for All.
As you create your bonding package, please prioritize housing. More than half a million Minnesota families pay more than they can afford for homes, and that number is continuing to grow. That is one reason Homes for All is advocating for the housing continuum with our biggest bonding agenda yet -- $500Million in bonds for housing. Please be bold and support safe and quality housing with your bonding package.
Share this message with the Governor by calling his office at 651.201.3400 or sending an email using the form at mn.gov/governor/contact.
You can stay connected with this effort throughout the upcoming session by “liking” the Homes for All Facebook page at facebook.com/homesforallmn.
You can also follow along by using the hashtag #bonds4housing on Facebook and Twitter.
With questions or for more information about our support for Homes for All and their effort to secure bonds for affordable housing, contact Senior Advocate Gene Martinez at email@example.com!