Beacon Sign-On Letter: Support Homes for People with Low Incomes
We, as the Beacon collaborative, made a strong impact through the July public comments on the staff recommendations to updating the scoring system for the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), which determines public funding for low-income housing through Minnesota Housing.
The new QAP recommendations, which include new pieces that we advocated for, is in a final 10 day comment period and then goes to the Minnesota Housing board to be finalized.
We support this new updated version of the QAP recommendations.
Please sign-on to the below letter to Minnesota Housing's Board to show your support.
Dear Minnesota Housing Board,
We, as the Beacon collaborative, share your vision that all people have a home. We work toward this vision by creating homes, sheltering families, and advocating our values.
We believe that we as a state should prioritize resources to those who need them the most, work toward racial equity and that quality affordable housing belongs in all communities. We commend Minnesota Housing for centering similar values when creating their Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) 2022-2023 revision recommendations in June 2020, but we found some inconsistencies in how those values and the scoring were playing out. We brought those to staff's attention during the open comment period in July 2020, and our collaborative submitted 66 of the 134 comments.
We celebrate that the updated October QAP recommendations correct the inconsistencies. Permanent supportive housing is now given its deserved priority in the scoring system because of its essential role in ending homelessness in Minnesota. Staff also revised the parameters that determine geographic priority to broaden projects' competitiveness across the state.
Please vote to approve the updated October QAP revised recommendations. We believe they align with our values and will invest resources in those who need them the most.
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