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Gov. Mark Dayton created the Housing Affordability Task Force in December. The task force, which is examining the high cost of housing in Minnesota, is comprised of affordable housing developers, housing industry experts from the nonprofit and private sectors, local government officials, state legislators, business leaders and housing advocates.
To accomplish its work, the task force has formed three smaller workgroups – Homeownership, Rental Housing, and Housing Stability and Opportunity – to examine specific topics. Sparse representation of home builders and housing industry advocates has not deterred Minnesota’s housing industry from providing input during recent meetings. Housing First Minnesota has been playing an active role, including providing testimony, research and statistics to the task force that point to regulatory costs as a key driver of housing prices.
As part of the Task Force’s efforts to seek public input, there will be two public input meetings in the Twin Cities:
Thursday, April 26
6-9 p.m., Golden Valley
Thursday, May 10
6-9 p.m., Saint Paul
For more information about BATC-Housing First Minnesota’s activities with the Housing Task Force, please contact Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager, at nick@HousingFirstMN.org.