Gov. Mark Dayton created the Housing Affordability Task Force in December. The task force, which is examining the high cost of housing in Minnesota, is comprised of affordable housing developers, housing industry experts from the nonprofit and private sectors, local government officials, state legislators, business leaders and housing advocates.
To accomplish its work, the task force has formed three smaller workgroups – Homeownership, Rental Housing, and Housing Stability and Opportunity – to examine specific topics. Sparse representation of home builders and housing industry advocates has not deterred Minnesota’s housing industry from providing input during recent meetings. Housing First Minnesota has been playing an active role, including providing testimony, research and statistics to the task force that point to regulatory costs as a key driver of housing prices.
As part of the Task Force’s efforts to seek public input, there will be two public input meetings in the Twin Cities:
Thursday, April 26
6-9 p.m., Golden Valley Details
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson