Housing First Minnesota Names 2017 Legislators of the Year

Sen. Hall and Rep. Smith honored as champions for the housing industry

Roseville (October 27, 2017) — Housing First Minnesota is honored to name Representative Dennis Smith (Maple Grove) and Senator Dan Hall (Burnsville) as the recipients of its Legislator of the Year Awards. Housing First Minnesota’s Legislator of the Year Awards are given to members of the Minnesota Legislature who have championed housing issues and industry legislative priorities.

“During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Smith and Senator Hall both played key roles in helping advance homeownership and housing affordability for all Minnesota families,” said Bob Michels, president of Housing First Minnesota. “Our Legislator of the Year Awards recognize both Rep. Smith and Sen. Hall as housing champions who understand that homes are the backbone of strong communities.”

Representative Smith championed legislation that removed barriers to condo and townhome development. Senator Hall championed legislation that created a fair notice for housing moratorium.

“We thank Senator Hall and Representative Smith for their work at the Capitol,” said David Siegel, executive director of Housing First Minnesota. “We are already seeing positive outcomes in the housing market from the passing of these pieces of legislation.”

The awards were presented during BATC’s annual Building Industry Gala on October 26th.

Housing First Minnesota is the leading voice of home builders and remodelers and all who are dedicated to building safe, durable homes at a price Minnesotans can afford. As a program of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, Housing First Minnesota represents more than 1,200 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers throughout the state.