The housing movement is advancing and we closed the fourth quarter of the year by continuing our dialogue on housing issues with the deep pool of gubernatorial candidates who are vying for election in 2018. These conversations are extremely valuable in helping elevate the cores issues of housing affordability, homeownership and growing our workforce. We are pleased to see more housing chatter from candidates on the campaign trail than ever before.
We’ve also been busy building out the Housing First Advocate Network, which captures the depth of our industry by organizing everyone in a single network. This will allow us to communicate major industry news and action alerts via text or email, and we also are increasing our capacity to connect industry members with their local elected officials at unique events.
Looking ahead to 2018 we know that the November elections will dominate the advocacy landscape, and we will be present throughout to ensure that housing is part of the conversation. There will be other major tasks in front of the housing industry as well, including the Supreme Court hearing of Harstad v. Woodbury, the technical update to the building and energy codes, and a strong push for workforce development in support of Project Build Minnesota.
Our successes in 2017 would not have been possible without the dedicated and talented members of the housing industry. To all who contributed time, talent, and treasure to the housing movement, THANK YOU!
As Housing First Minnesota's Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, Mark Foster, is your contact for grassroots political, policy, and legislative activity. Follow Mark on Twitter @robmarkfoster