Sen. Smith: Minnesota Housing Shortage

U.S. Senator Tina Smith says virtually every Minnesota community has a shortage of quality, affordable housing.

She released her findings in a report yesterday, after a statewide housing listening tour last summer that made a stop in Bemidji.

Some of the key findings from the report include growing homelessness and a shortage of shelters, a shortage of affordable rental housing, a general housing shortage that restrains economic growth, and disparities for minorities to become homeowners.

Some Native-specific listening sessions were also held in Native communities, with findings including a high level of homelessness, and a need for more supportive housing and culturally specific programming.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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