Minneapolis budget includes affordable housing, public safety initiatives

December 06, 2018 06:04 AM

City councilors have passed Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's first budget for the city.

The budget includes a number of initiatives aimed at making housing more affordable, cutting down on crime, boosting economic growth in the city, and contributing more funding to public safety.

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One of the top budget priorities for public safety is to expand the Co-Responder Program to all police precincts in the city. That program allows mental health experts to join officers on calls for which their assistance is needed.

The 2019 budget also increases funding for the Group Violence Intervention Program, which city officials said has helped reduce violence on the city's northside. The program will now expand to South Minneapolis as well.


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Other public safety priorities outlined in the budget include more mental health support for officers and a kickstart for the mayor's opioid taskforce.

The new budget also allocates $40 million to affordable housing programs, including some new ones aimed at preventing homelessness among Minneapolis public school students.

Meanwhile, St. Paul city leaders have agreed on a final budget proposal for 2019. That budget includes $71 million in affordable housing investments during the next three years, $898,000 to continue developing the Co-Responder Program, and $1.3 million for the fire department.

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