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School Leaders Push Minn. Lawmakers to Fund Affordable Housing Programs

Updated: 04/23/2014 4:44 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 12:20 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson

The superintendents for both Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools were at the Capitol, Wednesday, asking lawmakers to invest in affordable housing programs.

The Homes for All Coalition is trying to motivate legislators to invest $100 million in bonding for affordable housing.  That money would go towards stabilizing rentals and helping those in neighborhoods affected by foreclosure.

According to Wilder Research, there are roughly 5,000 homeless children living in Minnesota. That's about half of the total number of homeless people in the state.

However, many kids don't come forward, so the estimated numbers are much greater. 

"Our district has about 38,000 students, and we have 2,000 students that are homeless that we have documented," said Valeria Silva, Superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools. "We also know there are many kids who will not tell us they're homeless because they're embarrassed and they don't want to show that they are in a susceptible situation."

The Homes for All Coalition says the $100 million would be a part of the bonding bill, and it would be enough to house about 5,000 homeless students and their families.


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