As important as it was to gain the Council’s approval, we still have work to do. Beacon is working hard to secure public funding for Cranberry Ridge, and the timing of that funding will depend heavily on the outcome of the state bonding legislation which is up for vote in the current session. The governor has recommended $1.5 billion in total bonding with $110 million earmarked for housing infrastructure. This is a lot of money, but the need far exceeds this request. The Homes for All Coalition, made up of affordable housing advocates, is recommending that $140 million be spent on housing infrastructure. Beacon staff and volunteers have been visiting with legislators to lobby for their support, urging them to vote for the $140 million request.
As a part of that effort, Beacon has invited legislators to attend any of three legislative action meetings in the Metro area which will give them an opportunity to meet w
ith constituents to voice their
support and to offer their views on the need for more affordable housing. The response to the meeting requests has been good, and we expect to have 3-6 local legislators attending each meeting.
As was the case with the City Council meetings, your presence is critical. Legislators value the opportunity to meet with constituents and it is our duty to hold them accountable. Listed below are the dates and times for these meetings. I urge you to attend at least one of these. You do not have to b
e a constituent in the meeting location to attend. For more information, and to register, please go to beaconinterfaith.org/advocate. If you prefer, I would also be happy to register you. There will also be more information at our table in Founders Hall on April 8th.
April 10th, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, 7-8 PM
April 15th, First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, 3-4 PM
April 22nd, Good Shepherd, Chaska, 3-4 PM
Thank you again for your ongoing interest and support for this important work. Together, we can make a difference!