Minnesota joins other states in affordable housing promises

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – As governors in states around the country sound the alarm on the affordable housing crisis, Minnesota’s top political leaders have promised to “bring it home” on legislation that would expand affordable housing.

Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to rally for a bill that would expand rental assistance to people with low incomes.

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic and House Speaker Melissa Hortman all spoke to the crowd to say they would prioritize passing affordable housing laws in Minnesota this year.

Governors in Washington, California, New York and Oregon also unveiled multibillion-dollar plans this month to mitigate the affordable housing crisis in their states.