The Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP), one of NLIHC’s State Partners, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event on February 12 at the Schmidt Artist Loft in St. Paul, MN. The event’s program will feature Sue Haigh from the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and a video message from Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN).
MHP was one of a number of state housing coalitions formed in the late 1980s and early 1990s as the federal government entered an era of devolution, transferring numerous responsibilities to state governments. As Minnesota’s governor and legislature began to consider a stronger role for the state in meeting housing needs, MHP organized community groups around the state to advocate for assistance to low income people and a strong role for non-profit developers in the state’s emerging housing strategy. MHP was created to provide both policy advocacy and direct assistance to community groups in housing planning and development, seeing a synergy between policy making and on-the-ground experience in the field.
MHP has become a provider of technical assistance to housing organizations across the nation. The MHP staff bring to Minnesota what they learn nationally and share the expertise they have developed in Minnesota with organizations across the country. “We are grateful to continue to be able to collaborate with partners across Minnesota, as well as with NLIHC and other national groups, in our state and national advocacy efforts,” said Chip Halbach, Executive Director for MHP.
NLIHC is proud to have MHP as a partner in all of our efforts to achieve socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes have affordable and decent homes. Congratulations, MHP!