Local, state leaders discuss affordable housing goals

Updated: June 26, 2019 12:42 PM

Affordable housing is in demand across the Twin Cities, and it's also one of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's top priorities.

Frey sat down with Governor Tim Walz and housing experts Wednesday to discuss the future of housing in Minneapolis and across the state.


Leaders said they are committed to growing affordable housing because success begins with a stable home.

“You need to allow for it first by allowing a duplex or a triplex or a multi-family that can accommodate and be deeply affordable. That's the way you got to do it,” Frey said.

Minneapolis’ 2040 plan includes eliminating disparities, and Frey said that means having affordable housing in every community, including middle and upper income neighborhoods.

The goal is to have more housing options, especially in areas with access to mass transit, employment and other services.

All of the speakers agreed funding from the federal government is critical, but at the same time, Gov. Walz said the most recent state budget allotted $180 million for community prosperities and that funding includes affordable housing.

“This was the largest investment in Minnesota history ever made in housing across the spectrum,” said Walz.

Walz added that Minnesota will become the fourth state in the country to end homelessness for veterans. The goal is to accomplish that by the end of the year.

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