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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Bringing the Industry Together

Bringing the Industry Together

I had the pleasure of testifying before the legislature a few times this spring and I was struck at how much the housing conversation has changed and continues to evolve.

In the early part of this decade the discussion was predominantly about the housing recovery and its impacts on families and businesses in our industry.

That focus is changing. More than ever, there is an appetite and curiosity from legislators to tackle housing issues at the Capitol. These discussions have produced a much-needed discussion about local impacts to affordability, which we know will be the next major housing policy discussion. Where our industry once strived to convince skeptics about the growing impact of regulatory costs, today there is very little debate about whether or not there is a housing affordability challenge connected to our regulatory structure.

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Housing Affordability Wins in Building Code Recommendations

Housing Affordability Wins in Building Code Recommendations

Housing First Minnesota Leads Industry to First-Round Victory

Initial review of the Energy Code Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report is good news for Minnesota’s housing industry, as the report did not include adoption of a new, costlier Residential Energy Code.

The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) released the reports of its TAGs on May 15. The report, which recaps the technical review of model code changes from nearly 50 TAG meetings, gives builders the first glance at possible changes to the state’s building codes.

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Housing First Minnesota Endorses Tim Pawlenty for Governor

Housing First Minnesota Endorses Tim Pawlenty for Governor

Pawlenty stands apart as the leader with experience to drive the housing and homeownership policy discussion in Minnesota

Housing First Minnesota, the state’s leading voice for homebuilding and remodeling, has formally endorsed Tim Pawlenty for Minnesota Governor.

“Tim Pawlenty is an experienced and proven housing leader who knows that the American dream of homeownership is central to the lives of Minnesotans, the communities where they live, and to the fabric of Minnesota’s economy,” said Tom Wiener, president of Housing First Minnesota.

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Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Former Governor Pawlenty

Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Former Governor Pawlenty

He's only been in the race for about one month, but he has had the job before. Governor Tim Pawlenty (R, Eagan) met with Housing First Minnesota leadership on Friday to discuss a variety of housing issues and his campaign to Minnesota's governor once again.

Among the many topics discussed were Minnesota's regulatory environment, the construction workforce shortage, and the role of the Metropolitan Council.

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Addressing the Workforce Crisis: Project Build Takes Step Forward

Addressing the Workforce Crisis: Project Build Takes Step Forward

Project Build Minnesota saw great progress this week, as Housing First Minnesota and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) led the charge in addressing the construction workforce shortage. David Siegel, Project Build Minnesota board member and Housing First Minnesota executive director, and Lowell Pratt, Pratt Homes, testified on behalf of SF 3430 in the Senate Jobs Committee on Wednesday and HF 3810 in the House Jobs Committee on Friday. Nancy Samson, Shingobee Builders, and Adam Hanson with ABC, also testified in support of the bill.

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Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Congressman Tim Walz

Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Congressman Tim Walz

It is still early in the year, but 2018 has proven to be an important election year. Included on the November ballot, Minnesotans will be electing a new governor. Congressman Tim Walz (CD1, DFL), who is running to hold that seat, met with Housing First Minnesota leadership on Wednesday to discuss a variety of housing issues and his campaign to be Minnesota's next governor.

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Bringing the Industry Together

Bringing the Industry Together

The housing industry is one of the largest industries in our state and nation, driving over 15 percent of the economy. Only healthcare has a bigger footprint in the economy. Our work building, developing, remodeling, selling and maintaining homes has a tremendous impact on local communities that begins with the families that live in our homes and stretches to all corners of our economy.

As an industry, we know that there are a few key challenges that must be addressed. We know that the regulatory costs associated with building and remodeling homes has ballooned to a point where entry level homes have become scarce. Labor pressures are impacting the industry today as we lack adequate workforce depth to meet consumer demand. We also know that the changing landscape in the tax code will impact homeownership, which has traditionally been encouraged by our federal tax structure.

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Housing Industry Seeks Legislative Action

Housing Industry Seeks Legislative Action

As the legislature moves into the bulk of its 2018 session work, several housing measures are among the leading topics under consideration. Housing First Minnesota has prioritized housing affordability and construction workforce development as the two leading issues impacting the industry. To address these, housing industry bills have been introduced and are moving through both legislative chambers as the session approaches its mid-point.

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