Advocacy

Promoting strong, viable communities for all Minnesotans

We Want To Empower You!

Housing Authorities, including their commissioners, staff and residents, are a valuable and reliable resource for legislators to make informed decisions. 

Your voice matters!  Minnesota NAHRO helps its members advocate for resources and programs at the federal and state level.  

Why does advocacy matter? Strong relationships with state and federal legislators can lead to a better understanding of community needs, which in turn creates an opportunity for legislation that helps your programs and community.

Legislation affects your operating budgets, for better or worse. These decisions can also affect the ability of your agency to start other programs your community may need or want.

If you do not tell “your story”, someone else may tell it for you.

Housing Authorities understand the housing and community development needs and the challenges at the local level, and you are in the best position to tell the story.

Minnesota NAHRO has a long history of being a successful advocate for its members.

 

Member Advocacy

Your voice matters!  Minnesota NAHRO helps its members advocate for resources and programs at the federal and state level.

  • We advocate for funding and programs.
  • We provide tools and resources to help you tell your story.
  • We provide action alerts and key talking points to help you connect with your lawmakers. 

Minnesota NAHRO Small Agency Toolkit

A step by step guide to advocacy for Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. Download the Minnesota NARHO Small Agency Toolkit.

Policy Priorities

$2 Billion in 2022! Invest in Minnesota. Invest in Families. Invest in Housing.

With a $7.7 billion surplus and another $1.25M in American Rescue Plan funds, lawmakers have the opportunity to make real progress and reduce housing cost burden, improve the condition of homes, reduce home ownership disparity, and increase stability. In doing so, lawmakers will ensure children and families thrive, workers perform, businesses succeed.

Housing champions are asking for $2 billion in 2022. That includes: $1 billion to create and save homes, which would build new rental and ownership homes for 8,000 families and ensure 10,000 families can remain in their homes. $1 billion to create access and opportunity to housing would ensure over 137,000 families have the rental assistance to afford safe, quality homes and expand homeownership to roughly 5,000 first generation homeowners. The abrupt end of RentHelpMN exacerbates the urgency of providing permanent, affordable homes and the assistance to access a stable home. 

All Minnesota should have a safe, secure place to call home. Minnesotans of color, particularly Black, Latino, and Indigenous, are disproportionately harmed by poor housing quality, inequitable policies, and one of the largest homeownership gaps in the nation. Investing in housing will provide stability, choice in rental for low-income renters, and homeownership and wealth-building opportunities for generations to come. 

$2 Billion in 2022! Invest in Minnesota. Invest in Families. Invest in Housing.

With a $7.7 billion surplus and another $1.25M in American Rescue Plan funds, lawmakers have the opportunity to make real progress and reduce housing cost burden, improve the condition of homes, reduce home ownership disparity, and increase stability. In doing so, lawmakers will ensure children and families thrive, workers perform, businesses succeed.

Housing champions are asking for $2 billion in 2022. That includes: $1 billion to create and save homes, which would build new rental and ownership homes for 8,000 families and ensure 10,000 families can remain in their homes. $1 billion to create access and opportunity to housing would ensure over 137,000 families have the rental assistance to afford safe, quality homes and expand homeownership to roughly 5,000 first generation homeowners. The abrupt end of RentHelpMN exacerbates the urgency of providing permanent, affordable homes and the assistance to access a stable home. 

All Minnesota should have a safe, secure place to call home. Minnesotans of color, particularly Black, Latino, and Indigenous, are disproportionately harmed by poor housing quality, inequitable policies, and one of the largest homeownership gaps in the nation. Investing in housing will provide stability, choice in rental for low-income renters, and homeownership and wealth-building opportunities for generations to come. 

Pass Timely, Robust Funding for HUD Programs – August Advocacy Week 5

Our final week of August Advocacy in HERE!

Congress should provide full funding of affordable housing and community development programs to meet the needs of the nation’s communities. In the current affordable housing crisis, it is more important than ever for Congress, HUD, and other federal agencies to function efficiently and effectively.

In our fifth and final week of August Advocacy, we are urging Congress to provide timely, robust annual  funding. NAHRO members appreciate recent robust appropriations, but the lateness of final spending bills has been an unnecessary challenge to already difficult work. Moreover, HUD programs in Minnesota invest in the state and have significant impact on our local economy.  

Why it matters: Because of the rapid increase in housing, material, and labor costs, flat funding acts as a funding cut and impacts the number of people served. Speak up to let your legislators know that you want them to pass appropriations in a timely manner to help you do your job effectively. Let them know that you need predictable, adequate funding to serve residents in your community.

OUR ASK

  • Ensure timely passage of the FY23 T-HUD spending bill prior to the start of the fiscal year 
  • Provide robust funding levels that match or exceed the House-approved FY23 T-HUD spending bill 

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAMS IN MINNESOTA

  • In 2020, Federal rental assistance programs added $698 million to Minnesota’s economy 
  • Over 10 years, local tools such as HOME invested $479 million in Minnesota & leveraged over $2.68 billion in the state. 
Thank you for being a part of the Minnesota NAHRO Advocacy Team! 
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