A state task force on affordable housing released a report last year that contained some sobering findings. Not least of those was that more than 554,000 Minnesota households struggle to afford quality housing, a 58 percent increase since 2000.
Minnesota has an affordable housing crisis, and families looking for a home they can afford are only among those suffering. That paucity also means problems at the business level, as companies struggle to find workers they can count on staying.
Finance & Commerce recently convened a panel to talk about the state report and many other issues related to the affordable housing crunch in the state.
Forum participants included:
Rick Trontvet, Digi-Key Electronics Vice President
Ellen Sahli, Family Housing Fund President
Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner and Minnesota Housing Task Force member
Jonathan Weinhagen, Minneapolis Regional Chamber President & CEO
Visit Finance & Commerce for the bios and full panel discussion.