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:
Ex-Officio Members of the Task Force: