March 11 opportunity to lobby for emergency shelters, affordable housing

| February 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota Catholic Conference is a co-sponsor of a day of lobbying March 11 at the State Capitol in St. Paul on the need to increase funding for emergency shelters and create more affordable housing.

Organized by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, the day will start at 8 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St. in St. Paul. It includes a 9 a.m. program and training on lobbying and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. visits to legislators at the Capitol, said Rhonda Otteson, executive director of the nonprofit coalition.

“Every year we have 800 or more people gather from metro, suburban and greater Minnesota,” said Otteson, whose coalition includes organizations that provide emergency services and long-term housing initiatives.

MCC is among financial supporters and promoters of Homeless Day on the Hill, and the conference advocates for meeting the needs of the homeless and creating affordable housing. 

Otteson said legislative goals this year include $50 million in additional funding for emergency shelters, a $15 million increase for emergency services programs, such as motel vouchers, and $500 million in bonds for affordable housing.

“We know shelters save lives, and housing ends homelessness,” she said.

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