An amendment authored by Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL, Minneapolis) would authorize the development of supportive housing for girls and women seeking to escape from exploitation and trafficking.
The amendment was attached to a supplementary appropriations bill that passed the floor of the Senate on May 7th. It adds to the list of authorized uses for housing infrastructure bond sales made through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.
“Each year, there are about 100,000 women and girls nationally who are subject to human trafficking and exploitation,” said Hayden, “and there’s a great need for additional supportive housing so they can escape and begin rebuilding their lives.”
“I was gratified by the strong bipartisan vote for this amendment. It shows that there is a broad recognition of the severity of the problem and a genuine desire to address it.”