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Rep. Hussein statement on Community Engagement Town Hall 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Rep. Hussein statement on Community Engagement Town Hall  

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Last night, Representative Samakab Hussein (DFL-Saint Paul) held a Town Hall for District 65 to address public safety concerns and discuss community resources for small businesses and support for housing needs. 

Communities in District 65 have consistently expressed their public safety concerns, how they can access grants or resources to build and sustain their businesses, and what services are available to support their housing needs. In response to the growing questions and concerns from constituents, Rep. Samakab Hussein, curated an extensive guest list of community leaders and changemakers to ensure everyone’s voice was heard and their needs were met.  

Representative Samakab Hussein, Vice Chair of the Legacy Committee, released the following statement:  

“It was of utmost importance to me to create space for my constituents to address their ongoing concerns around housing, economic development, and public safety. Minnesotans are facing a housing crisis. There are not enough affordable homes, evictions are surging, homelessness is rising, and racial disparities in homeownership are widening. I am proud my colleagues and I took decisive action to address this crisis. We invested $1 billion in affordable housing, created 6,000 new housing vouchers, and launched a first-generation down payment assistance program. These investments will help ensure all Minnesotans have access to a safe and affordable home. I am committed to working with community leaders and advocates to remedy Minnesota's systemic justice disparities and create a more just and equitable housing system beneficial for everyone. 

Regarding public safety, our legislation supports victims of crime, invests in accountability measures, and makes transformative, long-overdue investments in the Board of Public Defense and Civil Legal Services. Our red flag laws and universal background checks will take strict action to prevent firearms violence. I am proud we invested in a $1.298 billion all-cash Capital Investment bill that will have a significant impact on District 65 businesses and nonprofit organizations which have been cornerstones of our society.”