Housing needs urgent funding from special session, say Minnesota mayors, council member, and GMHF

A GMHF Press Release shares that Minnesota needs to invest in infrastructure.

That was the prevailing theme of this year’s legislative session from Gov. Mark Dayton and both Democratic and Republican leaders. Yet, despite bipartisan consensus around the need to invest in systems that enhance our state’s economic prosperity, legislators failed to act on a tremendous opportunity to boost job growth and enhance community stability by increasing affordable housing. Right now, the gap between what Minnesotans earn and what they must pay for housing is a crippling barrier to economic prosperity.

See the whole press release here


The average rent in Olmsted County last year was $957 per month, a level that is unaffordable to nearly 60% of the county’s renters. Minnesota Housing Partnership reports that a Minnesota minimum wage worker must work 82 hours per week – more than two full-time jobs – just to afford that average apartment.



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