Gov. Dayton Establishes Affordable Housing Task Force

On December 21, 2017, Governor Mark Dayton issued Executive Order 17-14, creating an Affordable Housing Task Force charged with developing solutions to Minnesota’s critical affordable housing shortage.

“Too many families across Minnesota struggle to afford quality housing, forcing them to cut back on other essential needs like food, medicine, and education,” said Governor Dayton. “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.” The Task Force will begin by reviewing existing strategies and identifying critical housing gaps, with specific policy proposals and action recommendations provided by July 31, 2018.

PPL President & CEO Paul Williams will serve on the task force representing the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD). Williams joins 27 other members on the task force, including affordable housing developers, housing industry experts from the nonprofit and private sectors, local government officials, state legislators, business leaders, and housing advocates from across Minnesota. In addition to serving on the Task Force, Williams has been asked to co-chair the Housing Stability and Opportunity Working Group.

“I am excited and honored to serve on Governor Dayton’s Task Force. Both PPL and MCCD are committed to solving Minnesota’s critical affordable housing shortage, and work tirelessly every day to do so through development projects, community partnerships, and innovative ideas,” said Williams.

“At PPL, we believe that stabilizing the economics of the household through housing and jobs sets the stage for long-term success. Without this firm foundation, someone cannot break the cycle of poverty; that’s why housing access and affordability is a PPL priority. I look forward to working alongside the other Task Force members to share insights and provide recommendations that ensure all Minnesotans have a place to call home.”


Did you know?

  • More than 554,000 Minnesota households spend at least 30% of their income on rent or mortgage payments, a 58% increase since 2000.
  • Median rent has risen 9% since 2000, while the median renter income has fallen 11%.
  • For every 100 extremely low-income families, there are only 36 units of available affordable housing.Source:


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