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Duluth Mayor Emily Larson named to Dayton's affordable housing task force

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Governor Mark Dayton announced on Thursday he has created a new task force on affordable housing in Minnesota, which includes Duluth Mayor Emily Larson.

According to the Governor's Office, the task force will recommend policies and practices to help relieve Minnesota's housing challenge, and will also consider new practices to improve housing stability.

The task force will include 15 core members, as well as 13 ex-officio members, and will represent affordable housing developers, housing industry experts from nonprofit and private sectors, government officials, state legislators, business leaders and housing advocates from across the state.

Larson is listed as a core member of the task force.

Dayton's office says more than 554,000 households struggle to afford quality housing, which is a 58% increase since 2000.

In the release, Dayton's office says a report released in March of 2017 found one out of every four families in Minnesota is paying more than they can afford for housing, and more than 9,300 Minnesotans faced homelessness in 2015.

The Task Force is expected to provide specific policy proposals and action which can be taken by the executive and legislative branches in Minnesota, as well as the private sector, in order to improve housing stability by July 31st.

The members of Dayton's task force include:

Core Members:

  • Jeanne Crain, Chief Executive Officer, Bremer Financial Corporation (Co-Chair)
  • Acooa Ellis, Director of Social Justice Advocacy, Catholic Charities (Co-Chair)
  • Jane Barrett, Executive Director, Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority
  • Hukun Abdullahi, Executive Director, Afro American Development Association
  • Emily Larson, Mayor, City of Duluth
  • Sheila Kiscaden, Commissioner, Olmsted County Board
  • Mar Valdecantos, Vice Chair, Northfield Human Rights Commission
  • Rick Goodeman, Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Diane Sprague, Director, Lifetime Home Project
  • Skip Duschesneau, President, D.W. Jones, Inc.
  • Richelle Taylor, Realtor, RE/MAX Metro Realty
  • Devean George, President, George Group North
  • Lael Robertson, Staff Attorney, Housing Justice Center
  • Mike Paradise, President, Bigelow Homes
  • MayKao Hang, President, Wilder Foundation

Ex-Officio Members of the Task Force:

  • Brad Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer, Thrivent Financial, representing the Itasca Project
  • Mary Rippe, President, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, representing the Minnesota Multi Housing Association
  • Deidre Schmidt, President, CommonBond Communities, representing the Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Terri Thao, Program Director, Nexus Community Partners, representing the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
  • Paul Williams, President, Project for Pride in Living, representing the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
  • Neal Loidolt, President, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, representing the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
  • Harry Melander, President, Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, representing the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Matt Kramer, Vice President for University and Government Relations, University of Minnesota, representing the University of Minnesota
  • Mike Maguire, Mayor, City of Eagan, representing the Urban Land Institute Regional Council of Mayors
  • One Member of the Majority Party in the Minnesota Senate
  • One Member of the Minority Party in the Minnesota Senate
  • One Member of the Majority Party in the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • One Member of the Minority Party in the Minnesota House of Representatives
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