Senator Lindsey Port Ushers ‘Vital’ Housing Legislation to Senate Passage

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, May 6, Senate Housing and Homelessness Prevention Chair Senator Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville) successfully ushered to passage a vital package of housing legislation within the transportation, housing, and labor omnibus bill (HF 5242), which passed 36-31.

“Stable housing is the foundation of safety, well-being, and growth in our communities,” said Senator Port. “While communities across Minnesota face unique challenges in housing depending on local conditions, one thing that I hear across the state is the call for action on the housing crisis. Last year’s historic investment in housing was a first step; this legislation continues the work of ensuring every Minnesotan has a safe, dignified, affordable place to call home. These investments in housing stability and homelessness prevention will help our kids do better in school, help families stay healthy and prevent illness, and provide pathways to careers and growth across the state. This legislation takes particular care to protect seniors, vulnerable renters, and working families while uplifting all Minnesotans.”

HF 5242 passed the Minnesota House 69-60 on May 1. The bill will now move to a conference committee.

Some of the key housing provisions in HF 5242 include:

  • $8.8 million for the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program to help families at or below 200% of the federal poverty line who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness;
  • $50 million for a new Housing Affordability Preservation Investment (HAPI) program to preserve existing housing supply (eligible buildings must be at or below 60% AMI); and
  • Modifications to the Greater Minnesota Infrastructure Program that raise grant caps to $40,000 (previously $30,000) and create a new funding structure to promote the creation of more affordable manufactured housing.
Lindsey Port represents Senate District 55, which covers the communities of Burnsville, Savage, and the northwest part of Lakeville.

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