Reporting Steve Murphy
ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Lost in the shuffle of the stadium debate is another bill dealing with a serious problem in Minnesota: homelessness.
The bonding bill for public construction projects already approved by the legislature will include more than $35 million for affordable housing and programs for the homeless.
Kenza Hadj-Moussa is with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.
“We’re just happy that it got done,” she said. “The big media attention is on the Vikings stadium and that’s just fine. We’re just so pleased that it happened.”
The coalition says homelessness in Minnesota is at a record high, with more than 13,000 Minnesotans homeless on any given night.
Figures also show that Minnesota is the least affordable state for renters in the Midwest.
Part of the problem is due to the increase in home foreclosures in recent years.