You might have heard that Mayor Jacob Frey rolled out an ambitious plan to address the affordable housing needs of our city.
His proposal includes historic levels of investment in subsidized affordable housing, focusing on more deeply affordable rents accessible to low-income families, maintaining affordability where it exists today, facilitating homeownership opportunities, and lifting up the rights of vulnerable tenants.
Mayor Frey and his housing committee, co-chaired by Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Minnesota Housing Partnership Executive Director Anne Mavity, brought forth the recommendations after a series of community sessions where residents shared their ideas and concerns about the state of housing in Minneapolis. Many of the proposals concerning renters' rights have long been advocated for by diverse renters.
I appreciate our Mayor's gumption in championing affordable housing in such a significant way. I will continue to advocate to increase our supply of affordable housing and will work to bring these resources into the areas of our city that need it the most. It is important to keep ushering affordable housing dollars into neighborhoods like ours so we can fight back against the already troublesome displacement our friends, families, and co-workers are facing.