The Arc Minnesota and other organizations are participating in Renter’s Week of Action, which takes place September 18-22. This series of Events in the Twin Cities provides organizations with an opportunity to collaborate, learn from each other and take action to expand access to affordable housing. The week involves multiple rallies, forums and other advocacy opportunities. Ellen Baudler, Director of Housing Access for the chapter, will attend a St. Paul City Council hearing to advocate for housing for people with disabilities at the site of a demolished Ford truck assembly plant.
Ellen Baudler, Director of Housing Access for The Arc Minnesota, has been meeting with members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation to advocate for affordable housing for people with I/DD. She attended the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ “Coffee with Congress” event to discuss housing policy with Sixth District Congressman Tom Emmer. Additionally, she joined members of the Protect Our Homes coalition in a meeting with Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison. Congress is considering massive cuts to housing and it must pass a budget by the end of September.
Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced their support for an affordable housing initiative funded by a bond and a fee on real estate transactions. The Arc California supports this initiative and is also seeking to ensure that people with I/DD have the supports they need to live in the community. Specifically, The Arc California and the Lanternman Coalition propose that the state lease the properties of closed developmental centers, use the revenue to increase the supply of integrated housing, and use the savings from the closure of these developmental centers to fund community-based services.