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Mayor Larson to Sit on Governor's Housing Task Force

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will serve on a governor's task force to offer policy proposals on improving affordable housing in Minnesota. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will serve on a governor's task force to offer policy proposals on improving affordable housing in Minnesota. |  Photo: Larson campaign

December 21, 2017 04:28 PM

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will serve as one of 15 core members on Governor Mark Dayton's new task force on affordable housing. Dayton issued an executive order creating the nonpartisan task force on Thursday.

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Larson will be the only city official on the core task force. It also includes the executive director of the Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority, a member of the Olmsted County Board, a real estate agent, developers, and people who work with numerous charity groups.

"Too many families across Minnesota struggle to afford quality housing, forcing them to cut back on other essential needs like food, medicine, and education," Governor Dayton said in a news release. "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 governor's office says more than 554,000 Minnesota households struggle to afford quality housing, a number which has increased 58 percent since 2000. A household is considered struggling to afford housing if it spends at least 30 percent of its income on rent or mortgage payments.

The group is tasked with offering specific policy proposals by July 31, 2018.


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