This was a big week of laying the foundation for the solutions to Minnesota’s housing crisis.
Every Minnesotan deserves the dream of a safe and affordable place they can call home, yet this dream is unattainable for hundreds of thousands of Minnesota families all across the state. Without a bold, comprehensive plan to address our housing crisis, the collateral consequences will continue to be felt through achievement gaps in our schools, poorer health outcomes, and families that are struggling to thrive.
It’s time to stop admiring the problem and start making bold investments that actually match the scope of the crisis Minnesotans are facing. This week, I joined other housing and legislative leaders to unveil “All Roads Lead Back to Home,” a roadmap to solve Minnesota’s housing crisis.
It’s a bold plan for a big problem, investing $3 billion over the next decade to end youth homelessness, cut racial disparities in homeownership in half, and build and preserve 150,000 homes to address our severe shortage.
My Senate Housing counterpart, Sen. Lindsey Port, and I wrote more about our need to have a housing plan as big as our crisis in the Star Tribune, which you can read here.
The Pathway Home Act
While our overall housing proposal would take ten years, there are meaningful actions we can take right now, like our vote last night in the Minnesota House to pass the “Pathway Home Act.”
This legislation invests in and establishes resources and support systems to keep our youth housed in Minnesota, including a $150 million investment in emergency shelter facilities, preserving or adding over 3,000 shelter beds.