A new era for housing policy

A new era for housing policy

As we move through the second quarter of 2019, it’s becoming clear that a new era in housing policy is upon us. Nationally, major institutions like Freddie Mac, HUD and the Brookings Institute are leading a conversation that highlights affordability, restrictive zoning and housing supply as mainstream policy priorities for all levels of government to address. States like California are battling the housing crises with legal actions forcing local governments to adjust their rules. Furthermore, California’s legislature is debating a major legislative initiative that would upend elements of local zoning control.

Here in Minnesota, the Legislature took a major step forward with the creation of the Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability. Additionally, the Minnesota Senate created the Select Committee on Homeownership Affordability and Availability.

This constellation of movements in the housing policy space is more than a consensus that a problem exists; it’s the clearest indication yet that our state is entering a new era in housing policy.

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A new day for housing affordability

A new day for housing affordability

Gov. Walz signs Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability, Senate Establishes Select Committee on Homeownership Affordability and Availability

The Minnesota Legislature punctuated the 2019 legislative session by creating two forums focused on housing affordability and homeownership access. Gov. Walz signed the bill creating the Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability, which was joined by the Minnesota Senate’s creation of the Select Committee on Homeownership Affordability and Availability. Both entities will seat their respective members and begin work this summer.

The creation of these bodies comes at a time when the region’s housing ecosystem is experiencing a myriad of structural challenges. The chronic lack of supply of available homes for sale, dearth of affordable options and overall inability for the housing industry to construct affordably priced homes, highlight the many roadblocks impacting the market.

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Consensus on the Affordability Crisis

Consensus on the Affordability Crisis

2019 is off to a steady start for the first few months of home construction activity. Given our adventures with the weather, steady may be acceptable for now, though we know we need to be building more homes. This isn’t just the homebuilder wanting to build more homes, a growing consensus of public and private institutions have come to this same conclusion: our housing market is broken and we need a surge in new, affordably priced homes.

The Housing Affordability Institute provided a remarkable look at one of the reasons our housing market is suffering, our homes are simply too expensive for many Minnesotans. In Priced Out: The True Cost of Minnesota’s Broken Housing Market, we get to see what impacts the cost of new homes and the challenges this presents for many Minnesota families.

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Housing First Minnesota Honors Legislators

Housing First Minnesota Honors Legislators

28 Receive Housing Leadership Award

Housing First Minnesota, the state’s leading voice for home builders and remodelers, has recognized 28 Minnesota Legislators as recipients of the 2018 Housing Leadership Awards. The award recognizes legislators for their efforts throughout the 2018 legislative session to promote homeownership at a price that families can afford.

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A Very Special Dream Home for Homeless Veteran Families

A Very Special Dream Home for Homeless Veteran Families

Working in collaboration with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), Lennar and its trade partners built a five-bedroom residence to house veteran families as they transition from homelessness. Owned and operated by MACV, the home is a special place for families as they receive the support and tools they need to get back on their feet.

The home, the latest project from the BATC Foundation, was completed in nine weeks and is the first home MACV will operate that provides housing for homeless veterans with their families.

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Senator David Osmek Talks with Housing First Leadership

Senator David Osmek Talks with Housing First Leadership

After a brief August recess, Housing First Minnesota is continuing the future of housing conversation with candidates vying to occupy the Governor's residence on Summit Avenue.

On Tuesday, Senator David Osmek (R, Mound), discussed regulatory requirements, the role of the Metropolitan Council, the construction workforce shortage and more.

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Housing First Minnesota Honors 29 Minnesota Legislators with Housing Leadership Award

Housing First Minnesota Honors 29 Minnesota Legislators with Housing Leadership Award

Housing First Minnesota, the state’s leading voice for homebuilders and remodelers, has recognized 29 Minnesota Legislators as recipients of the 2017 Housing Leadership Awards. The nomination recognizes legislators for their efforts throughout the 2017 legislative session to promote homeownership at a price families can afford.

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Forward Movement on Lead Paint Rules

Forward Movement on Lead Paint Rules

Monday's stakeholder meeting follows over a year of meetings between MDH and Housing First Minnesota, where industry feedback, costs analysis, and concerns over the direction of Minnesota's RRP Rules were shared.

Progress has been made on several key issues, including: clarification of the definition of lead paint; specified language on what comprises a 'work area'; illustration of MDH expectations of a decontamination; and importantly, guidance on the requirements for training and project-specific documentation.

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Industry Members Gather for Housing Day at the Fair

Industry Members Gather for Housing Day at the Fair

Hundreds of Housing Industry members wearing bright yellow shirts gathered at the Great Minnesota Get Together on Monday.  Members of Housing First Minnesota, the Minnesota REALTORS, the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS (SPAAR), and the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS (MAAR) spent the day discussing the importance of homeownership and the work of the industry, networking with their peers, and partaking in a fun-filled scavenger hunt.

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Congressman Erik Paulsen Talks Workforce & More at ABC Millwork

Congressman Erik Paulsen Talks Workforce & More at ABC Millwork

Chanhassen, MN- On Tuesday, leadership from ABC Millwork and Lyman Companies gave Congressman Erik Paulsen (CD3-R) an in-depth look of their production facility and lumberyard.

Joined by Housing First Minnesota staff and leadership, the group discussed the workforce crisis facing the housing industry. As long-time members of the industry begin retiring, more and more positions are going unfilled. Housing First Minnesota is advocating for a variety of solutions, including teaming up with other construction-related groups for the creation of Project Build Minnesota.

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