Minneapolis Mayor-Elect Holds Listening Session on Public Housing

December 29, 2017 06:14 PM

Minneapolis Mayor-Elect Jacob Frey held a community listening session Friday at the Horn Towers focusing on the demand of public housing.

"We have a very specific focus on affordable housing, as well as public housing," Frey said. "We want to make sure that we reach out to residents of all aspects of our community and the Horn Towers community is an important one."

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There are more than 7,000 people who are currently on the waiting list for public housing in Minneapolis.

Some residents at the listening sessions expressed the need for better pathways to affordable housing, like educational assistance for potential first time buyers.

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Frey said he has developed three core areas to focus on from past listening sessions, which include affordable housing, community policing and accountability for economic inclusion.

"It's all about listening to what people need,"' he said.

Tasho Community organizer, Hinda Abdi, joined the listening session to learn more about the mayor-elect.

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"We just want to see what his new administration is all about," Abdi said. "We have heard nothing but positive things about him and we want to know what he will bring to the table for the Somali community."

Abdi pointed out that she likes the fact that Frey can speak Somali. The mayor elect said a few conversational Somali phrases during the listening session.

Frey plans to take written concerns from community members and turn them into policies for change in the near future.

 

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