Senator Liz Boldon Promotes Senate Passage of Housing and Homelessness Prevention Budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In the early morning of Tuesday, May 7th, the Minnesota Senate passed House File 5242 , the Omnibus Transportation, Housing and Labor Supplemental Budget. Among the other proposals pertaining to labor and transportation, the bill contains provisions that build on last year’s transformational investments in housing and homelessness prevention in Minnesota.

After the bill’s passage, Vice Chair of the Senate Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester), released the following statement:

“Stable and affordable housing is foundational to the wellbeing and safety of all Minnesotans. DFL-ers made historic investments in housing and homelessness prevention during last year’s session, and we remain committed to the cause. Every family deserves a safe and stable place to call home. I am proud of our $8.8 million proposal for Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance grants. According to last year’s Wilder Foundation study, children and youth make up 40% of surveyed individuals experiencing homelessness. There’s no question that children perform better in school and have better health outcomes when they have a steady roof over their head, which is why this funding is so crucial.”

“Additionally, through the creation of a new Housing Affordability Preservation Investment (HAPI) Program, we can maintain and revitalize our current supply of affordable housing. I want to thank our committee members for their hard work and contributions to this bill.”

A conference committee on the Transportation, Housing and Labor Budget will be convened in order to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions.

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Senator Liz Boldon represents Senate District 25 which includes Rochester and Oronoco. She is vice chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Elections Committee, and Health and Human Services Committee.
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