Legislative Agenda

2021 Legislative Agenda

Our legislative agenda is developed with input from our staff, clients and partners. Our foremost priority is achieving racial equity and social justice, and it is through this lens that we approach all our advocacy, which emphasizes enhancing access to housing, health care, childcare, economic opportunity and stability.

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Our legislative agenda is developed with input from our staff, clients and partners. Our foremost priority is achieving racial equity and social justice, and it is through this lens that we approach all our advocacy, which emphasizes enhancing access to housing, health care, childcare, economic opportunity and stability.
Legislative priorities we lead:

  • Increase funding for the Emergency Services Program by $15 million to support emergency shelter operations across the state.
  • Strengthen Housing Support for residents and landlords by increasing the base rate by $100 and waiving temporary absence requirements for individuals in need of healthcare treatment.
  • Emergency aid for immediate COVID-19 pandemic response needs.

We also support the work of our coalition partners to further advance racial equity and social justice:
Policies and programs that promote housing stability, prevent homelessness, and recognize housing as health care:

  • Eviction reforms that ensure transparency in process and fairly balance the power between
  • tenants and landlords when loss of housing is at stake.
  • Renters’ assistance to help those with housing keep it.
  • Ensure transparency and fair notice of upfront fees and remove discriminatory practices in
  • accessing housing.
  • Establishment of a Medicaid recuperative care model.
  • Implementation of Housing Stabilization Services, and the extension of funding to account
  • for enrollment delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Reform housing assistance programs so recipients can maintain more of their personal income.
  • Investments in Housing Infrastructure Bonds and expanding eligible uses to include projects for <30% AMI.

Policies and programs that promote the health and well-being of children, adults and families:

  • Ensure all Minnesotans have access to comprehensive health care and expanded telehealth options.
  • Prioritize COVID-19 testing and vaccination for high-risk populations, including emergency shelter and congregate
  • supportive housing residents and staff.
  • Strengthen efforts to end hunger and food insecurity, like SNAP.
  • Increase access to mental health services, including crisis services in shelters and school-linked mental health.
  • Drive innovations for aging in place.
  • Prevent domestic violence.
  • Increase access to paid family and medical leave and affordable childcare, including the Childcare Assistance Program.
  • Increase diversity in the health care workforce and develop structures that help providers of color advance to positions of leadership.

Policies and programs that advance social justice, end racism, and promote economic and community vitality:

  • Criminal justice reform and the adoption of standards and ethics centered on advancing human rights and ensuring public confidence in an equitable system, including investing in community prevention programs that improve public safety and ending mass incarceration.
  • Remove barriers for people experiencing housing instability to vote, including restoring voter rights.
  • End license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets.
  • A robust public transportation system and safe walking and biking paths.

OUR PARTNERS IN  SUPPORTING THOSE MOST IN NEED:

    • AspireMN
    • City of Minneapolis
    • City of Saint Paul
    • Greater MSP
    • Hennepin County
    • Hennepin County
    • Medical Center
    • Homes4All
    • Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
    • Kids Can’t Wait
    • Legal Services Advocacy Project
    • Metropolitan Council
    • Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • Minneapolis Downtown Council
    • Minneapolis NAACP
    • Minnesota Asset Building Coalition
    • Minnesota Catholic Conference
    • Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
    • Minnesota Department of Health
    • Minnesota Departmentof Human Services
    • Minnesota Housing
    • Minnesota Housing Partnership
    • Minnesota Social Services Association
    • Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging
    • National Alliance on Mental Illness MN
    • Pillsbury United Communities
    • Prosperity’s Front Door
    • Ramsey County
    • Say Yes & Invest
    • Second Chance Coalition
    • Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Statewide Business Coalitions
    • This Is Medicaid

2021 Legislative Summary

On January 5, 2021, Minnesota’s newly elected state lawmakers convened and were sworn in for the start of the 92nd Legislative Session. After a highly contentious 2020 general election, Minnesota remained the only divided legislature in the nation, with Democrats maintaining a narrow majority in the House and Republicans holding onto a slight majority in the Senate. Passing a balanced, two-year state budget was state lawmakers’ main item of business for the 2021 session, but they had to do so in the midst of immense challenges: increasing pressure to address systemic racism, the ongoing need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a projected state budget deficit. Continue reading our 2021 Legislative Session Summary for more details.

2021 Legislative Snapshot

The COVID-19 pandemic called attention to housing as healthcare in a powerful way, and Catholic Charities entered the 2021 legislative session committed to working with lawmakers and our partners to leverage that momentum for meaningful change. We rallied partners and advocates from across sectors and all areas of the state to secure historic, bipartisan investments in emergency shelter and stable homes. Please see our 2021 Legislative Snapshot for more details.

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