Gov. Dayton Appoints Members to New Task Force on Housing

Cities are encouraged to complete a short survey on housing priorities by Jan. 17.
(Published Jan 8, 2018)

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Gov. Dayton has created a new Housing Task Force to study several issues, including “a serious shortage of affordable housing” in Minnesota. The task force is required to submit recommendations to the governor and Legislature by July 31.

The task force is charged with:

  • Affirming and protecting the existing housing strategies that serve Minnesotans well, and identifying gaps in the system.
  • Gaining a broader understanding of what housing stability looks like for people across the state, including how local policies impact housing stability.
  • Developing innovative solutions for families, individuals, and communities so they may have safe, stable housing as the foundation for success.

The task force will have working groups and provide recommendations in the areas of homeownership, rental housing, and housing stability and opportunity.

Bremer Financial Corporation CEO Jeanne Crain and Catholic Charities Director of Social Justice Advocacy Acooa Ellis are co-chairing the task force made up of 28 members.

The task force includes two members that are city officials. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is a core member of the task force, and Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire is serving in an ex-officio capacity as a representative of the Urban Land Institute.

The members will have five task force meetings in the first half of 2018, with the first two meetings scheduled for Jan. 12 and Feb. 21. Each task force member will be assigned to one of the working committees (on homeownership, rental housing, and housing stability and opportunity), which will meet eight times between now and the end of June. The task force will conduct extensive community engagement and research before issuing its final report in July.

Housing is one of League’s legislative priorities for 2018. The League will submit comments in line with the housing policies and priorities developed by its policy committees and adopted by the Board of Directors.

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