Policy & Advocacy
While Alliance Housing dipped its toe into policy advocacy two years ago, its new strategic plan sets the following goals:
- Goal: Articulate and advocate for a policy agenda that increases resources for housing those with the lowest income and addresses issues that impede access to and retention of stable housing.
- Goal: Articulate and establish Alliance’s brand among key stakeholders in community.
Alliance’s policy agenda revolves around the following three categories.
1. Bricks & Mortar | Building More Affordable Housing
Alliance Housing feels the weight of the market-wide shortage of affordable housing through the number of calls we receive daily and the stories we hear from our recently-housed residents. Additional affordable housing units are necessary to end homelessness. Alliance takes its lead from several policy collaboratives and organizations including: Homes for All Coalition MN, Make Homes Happen MPLS, MN Housing Partnership, MN Coalition for the Homeless and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
During the 2017 legislative session, Homes for All led a successful campaign for $45M in housing infrastructure bonds. Alliance’s board members took time to visit their own elected representatives on the issue. Alliance tenants participated in the Homeless Day on the Hill to call attention to the need for affordable housing. Make Homes Happen MPLS organized City Council candidate forums on housing across all City Wards. Affordable housing was a key issue in local elections.
2. Access to Affordability | Lowering the Barriers
While money for housing is fundamental, we also are working to ensure that affordable housing is available for all. At Alliance Housing, we practice Housing First, giving people a chance regardless of their criminal, rental, or financial background. We are working to expand the housing market by increasing opportunities across the market for our current and prospective tenants.
Alliance Housing tenant, Patrick Presley, acts in and helped St. Stephens Human Service’s zAmya Theater develop a production based on the need for 2nd chance access to housing.
3. Opportunity for Stability | Supporting Agendas for Prosperity
Along with the priorities directly relating to housing, we know this alone is not enough. We recognize that our tenants lives won’t be stabilized without fair wages and dignified treatment in the workplace, rehabilitative justice systems, and access to programs and supports for mental health treatment.
Federal dismantling of basic health insurance and income supports will be high on Alliance’s 2018 agenda.