Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Affordability: Wages and Prices

 This post is a guest post by Laura Hodges, AmeriCorps Member
with the MN Home Ownership Center:

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Can you believe we are here in 2011... three years into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression! Last week a glimmer of hope was announced that joblessness dropped to 9%- the lowest in 2 years.

Although this news inspires hope, many times the national statistics don’t include local information – a community-by-community breakdown - which can led to some people feeling that the lack of sustainable housing and wages isn’t trickling down to their communities. But now there is an interactive, online tool that shares all of this information.

As you may know the Center’s commitment to successful home ownership is demonstrated in many ways including sharing relevant training for the Homeownership Advisors Network, and keeping updated on legislative issues that affect homeownership. As another show of this continued commitment Center staff attended the sponsored by the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP), Housing Policy Showcase on January 28th. Presenters included Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing Commissioner, who spoke about her commitment to have Minnesota be a national leader on housing related issues, and Leigh Rosenberg, MHP Manager of Research and Outreach who presented on the connection between housing and wages.

Leigh also launched a valuable new tool that has been developed by MHP that gives a breakdown of housing and wages for every legislative district in Minnesota.

Follow the link and look for your district, and let us know how your district is doing…. http://mhponline.org/policy/policystate/legislative-district-profiles  

If you’re not sure which legislative district you live in, click here.

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