This Task Force was created by Executive Order on December 20, 2017. In public comments released on December 21, 2017, Governor Dayton said “Too many families across Minnesota struggle to afford quality housing, forcing them to cut back on other essential needs like food, medicine, and education. This task force will develop new solutions to address Minnesota’s housing challenges, and help ensure that more families have access to safe, affordable places to live. I urge Minnesota leaders to join me in carefully reviewing and acting upon their recommendations.”
The nonpartisan Governor's Task Force on Housing will make recommendations by July 31, 2018 that include specific policy proposals and actions that can be taken by the executive and legislative branches of state government and the private sector "to improve housing stability in the state," a news release said.
The Task Force had its first meeting on January 12, 2018. According to their final report (below), much of the Task Force work was accomplished in three work groups that met monthly from January to May 2018. The work groups focused each meeting on specific topics related to their respective work group theme - Rental Housing, Homeownership, and House Stability and Opportunity. The Task Force identified six principles of a resilient housing system which informed the members' evaluation of all input and potential recommendations. The Task Force concluded its work in July 2018 and issued its final report on August 21, 2018. The final report includes key research and findings that drive the task force's goals and recommendations to address Minnesota's housing challenges.
The task force’s work will continue through Prosperity’s Front Door, a program encouraging business, civic, and political leaders to raise awareness on the need for increased affordable housing options in their communities, said Warren Hanson, president and CEO of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund.