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

2020 State Legislative Priorities

Bonds for Housing Addresses Minnesota’s Affordable Housing Crisis

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.

To make our communities strong, we must ensure that all Minnesota families are able to find, afford and maintain safe, healthy housing.

  • Currently, more than 1 in 4 Minnesota families have to sacrifice other needs like food and medicine to pay for rising housing costs.
  • One out of every four families in Minnesota pays more than they can afford for housing, this number has increased by 58 percent since 2000.
  • The cost of housing is rising much faster than wages for too many working families–even many with two full-time wage earners–can’t afford to buy or rent decent housing.

GO Bonds for Public Housing Rehabilitation Preserves This Community Asset

Minnesota NAHRO seeks $100 million in general obligation bonds to finance public housing rehabilitation projects. GO Bonds for Public Housing Rehab will preserve and improve public housing that is a critical community asset, providing stable homes for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, children and those with disabilities.  This proposal will help create jobs in the residential construction sector by funding rehabilitation projects for the state’s aging public housing system.

  • Public housing in Minnesota provides safe and affordable housing to 21,000 low income households including 64% which are headed by seniors or those with disabilities. One third of public housing residents are children, many of whom are at high risk of homelessness or recently homeless
  • In the last four funding cycles of the POHP, $45.5 million has been granted for the rehabilitation impacting 5,232 publicly owned units.  This represents only one quarter (24.2%) of the Immediate Critical Needs investment identified.
  • Based on the March 2019 report, public housing has Total Immediate Critical Needs of $187,689,430 or $16,790 per unit.
  • GO bonds proceeds will be used to address health and safety issues, replace and repair major systems and for energy conservation measures to reduce operating costs of public housing unites owned and operated by the 121 local housing authorities across the state.

Housing Infrastructure Bonds Builds Homes, Strong Communities & Local Economies

Minnesota NAHRO seeks $200 million in housing infrastructure bonds (HIB) to finance affordable housing. Housing Infrastructure Bonds are a vital tool that provides housing of all types across the state, while also creating jobs, economic development and stability for our most vulnerable populations, including seniors, children, and those with disabilities. HIB produce:

  • rental homes in communities across the state that are affordable to working families;
  • create permanent supportive housing for Minnesotans experiencing or at risk of homelessness,
  • promote land acquisitions for single family homeownership.
  • In 2019, Minnesota Housing awarded funding for 74 projects, representing more than 2,665 homes that were ready for development. Bonding resources make it possible for critical projects to move from the drawing board to breaking ground and leveraged $572 million in total development costs.

2020 NAHRO National Priorities

Fully Fund Affordable Housing and Community Development Programs

Congress should provide full funding of affordable housing and community development programs that — by meeting the needs of local communities — strengthen the country’s resolve.

Preserve and Develop the Nation’s Housing Stock

NAHRO’s members work hard to use existing federal housing programs and policies to create

and maintain housing opportunities for families, youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities. This work is critical given the high demand and low construction rates. NAHRO believes that “housing is infrastructure” and housing providers should all have access to programs and funding that preserve and improve subsidized housing.

Support Local, Community Based Solutions

NAHRO members understand best the complex and unique circumstances facing their communities – rural, urban, and suburban. It is crucial that all federal programs allow local housing providers to nimbly respond to evolving local circumstances.

Champion Resilient Families and Communities

NAHRO supports programs that help its members foster stable communities, recover quickly from disasters, and operate mobility and place-based initiatives that help families succeed. NAHRO supports critical federal, state, and local resident supportive service programs that help families meet their basic needs.

Keep the Government Open for Efficient and Effective Program Operations

Congress and the Administration must maintain their federal commitment to housing assistance and community development by prioritizing the appropriations process to ensure that the federal government remains open, deploys resources, and maximizes use of federal resources through sensible program design which does not unduly burden local housing providers, particularly smaller agencies with limited staff and access to financial resources.

Advocacy Updates 

2020 NAHRO National Priorities

2020 NAHRO National Priorities

Fully Fund Affordable Housing and Community Development Programs Congress should provide full funding of affordable housing and community development programs that — by meeting the needs of local communities — strengthen the country’s resolve. Preserve and Develop the...

Member Update October 16, 2020

Member Update October 16, 2020

Happy Friday and we end the week with great news from the state capitol! Plus consider nominating a peer for our fall awards. Have a wonderful weekend even though the weather has quickly turned chilly.

Member Update for October 10th, 2020

Member Update for October 10th, 2020

Happy Friday and we end the week with great news from the state capitol! Plus consider nominating a peer for our fall awards. Have a wonderful weekend even though the weather has quickly turned chilly.

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