Policy

As a resource of timely information relevant to your housing and community development needs, Minnesota NAHRO provides brief updates featuring policy and budgetary issues at the state and federal level.

THE ASK: $100 Million in Bonds for Affordable Housing The state legislative session is in full swing and it is a perfect time to let your lawmaker know how to…
Excerpt from NAHRO Washington DC Update - Use this link to read the full article. Federal appropriators released their spending plan for the remainder of FY 2014 which includes all 12 appropriations bills.   The $1.012 billion omnibus measure represents a 2.6 percent increase in overall discretionary funding compared to FY 2013’s post-sequestration enacted level of $986 million.  Despite a lower-than-hoped-for investment in HUD overall, specific programs administered by NAHRO members…
Governor Dayton's Bonding Bill has been proposed and it includes $50 million for housing; including $40m for Housing Infrastructure and $10m for General Obligation bonds. In our state history, this…
The Next Two Weeks Is Critical! View this email in your browser Call your Members of Congress today at 202-224-3121. Or, find contact information for their offices by visiting NAHRO's advocacy website - just enter your zipcode. In Minnesota, Betty McCollum is the only member of our delegation who sits on the Appropriations Committee.  See Minnesota NAHRO's Impact of Sequestration Survey & the news coverage Scroll down for the Detailed…
Read the Full Report Sequestration cuts hit housing for state's seniors, families, disabled adults --Minnesota report finds longer waiting lists, higher costs, and unexpected moves-- St. Paul, MN Minnesota’s most…
Effective January 1, 2014, the Minnesota Legislature authorized a sales tax exemption for local governments and the Department of Revenue has since clarified those entities which qualify.  The sales tax…
*This article was originally posted by NAHRO and updated October 7, 2013 UPDATED: NAHRO FAQs - The Government Shutdown and PHAs This Direct News item, originally issued on October 3,is intended to address confusion created by media coverage of HUD’s “FY2013 Contingency Plan for Possible Lapse in Appropriations.” We are updating and reorganizing the questions and answers below to provide additional clarity and to respond to new questions we have…
Tools To Help Message About Housing & The Government Shutdown This member update focuses on providing some tools as you respond to the government shutdown on your programs. The first is a FAQ from NAHRO answering common questions about the impact of the shutdown on agency funding. Read the full article here. The second is a sample letter for use to inform landlords about the possible impact of the shutdown…
*This article is provided by NAHRO Washington Update - September 30, 2013 With a federal government shutdown still a very real possibility, on Friday HUD posted to its website a document titled “FY2013 Contingency Plan for Possible Lapse in Appropriations.” The document provides information on those HUD employees who will be expected to report to full-time duty “during a hiatus in appropriations” and also details the “excepted activities” that the Department…
Just In Time For August Recess! NAHRO has put together a list of resources that will help you in your communications with Congress. In addition, you may download a workbook…
Comments Due August 19, 2013 Minnesota's Olmstead Plan may impact NAHRO members in a number of ways.  Currently, the Minnesota Olmstead Sub Cabinet is holding listening sessions to ensure Minnesotans…
On July 1, 2013 the Minnesota Court of Appeals released an opinion in the case of Duluth HRA vs. Brian Lee.  The three judge panel reversed the lower court and…
Call today! Senators need to hear from you about T-HUD & tax priorities! Congress is moving quickly to approve the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bills…
Create Your Own Fireworks in Congress! Use this link to send a letter to Congress This Federal Update is taken from NAHRO Direct News Washington Update dated July 3, 2013…
Federal budget news has been as dreary as the weather but there is brighter news from the state capitol on bonding for affordable housing. Investments. A quick recap on what's happening with bonding at the Capitol: In the House: The omnibus bonding bill (Rep. Hausman – H.F. 270) passed out of the Capital Investment committee last Thursday, with $35 million for housing infrastructure bonds and $15 for public housing rehabilitation…
This Article is excerpted from the NAHRO Washington Update On March 11, the Senate released what is being referred to as an “expanded Continuing Resolution (CR)” for 2013.  The bill effectively “expands” HR 933, which was approved by the House last week, but does not increase the level of overall spending in that bill. Unfortunately the Senate’s expanded CR does not contain the 2013 funding levels for HUD that had…
Educate Your Lawmaker Today on Bonds for Housing & Community Development! Sample Letter, 2012 Legislative Agenda & Bonding Fact Sheet provided below This week provides you with an opportunity to talk to your lawmakers at a critical stage in the process. Your state legislator needs to know how the bonding proposal will bring important resources to their district. Please take the time to contact your lawmaker to tell them about…

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