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Published April 13, 2012, 07:11 PM

Minnesota Legislature introducing bonding bill for affordable housing

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Thirteen thousand people in Minnesota are homeless on any given night. There are more than 500 in Fargo-Moorhead. The Minnesota Legislature is considering a Bonding Bill that would include money for affordable housing.

Thirteen thousand people in Minnesota are homeless on any given night. There are more than 500 in Fargo-Moorhead. The Minnesota Legislature is considering a Bonding Bill that would include money for affordable housing.

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition of Minnesota realized that now is the time to make a difference. They held this vigil in hopes their prayers will be answered so everyone in the State will receive fair and affordable housing.

Pastor Mark Pettis – First Congregational: “There are sacred texts from all of our faiths that speak directly to the need to house those in need, to house the homeless.”

Mark Pettis is the Pastor here at First Congregational United Church of Christ. He and other organizers led prayers, scripture notes, and sang songs. Pettis says this vigil is to make clear the need for affordable housing in the state is a matter importance to his faith and as a justice issue.

Two versions of the bill will be going into a conference committee. One for the Senate will include 36 million dollars towards the bill and one for the house that will include 15 million dollars.

Mark Pettis: “At this point what we are looking for is for the Senate number to be the number that goes forward out of conference committee.”

Pettis says given the needs of the state, and the focus on housing first, as a primary solution, would benefit the homeless, and answer some prayers.

Money from the bill will go towards federally subsidized affordable housing, housing for those experiencing long-term homelessness, and more housing opportunities for the low-income.

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