(SAINT PAUL-MN) This week, my bill to help low income Minnesotans find a clear path out of poverty was heard in the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee. It’s a great way to encourage folks to start saving money… Read More »Senator Greg Clausen: Helping People Move Out of Poverty
Originally published by Senator John Marty on apple-pie.org
Despite Minnesota’s improving economy, many are still struggling. There are 14,000 homeless people in Minnesota, including 4000 children. Many homeless people were doing okay, until losing their job, developing health problems, facing domestic violence, or battling mental illness or addiction.
Becoming homeless aggravates such problems, and people’s lives often fall apart as a result. On top of the personal pain for them and their families, homelessness leads to higher costs for schools, hospitals and emergency rooms, law enforcement, and social services.Read More »Rethinking Homelessness: Following Utah’s Lead
Whether it’s a major window replacement, a roof reconstruction, or a major remodeling, I’m encouraging the 124 public housing authorities across the state to put together a request for a portion of the $20 million in bonds dedicated to improving housing for low-income Minnesotans.
This month marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty.” There were huge victories in that war during the following decade, but after that, the federal government reversed course, cut anti-poverty programs, and our national government effectively surrendered.