By Nidhi Raj Kapoor, NACEDA communications consultant
Last month Minnesota passed an unprecedented Bill providing $100 million in housing bonds, the state's largest ever investment in affordable housing. Behind the breakthrough was the combined might of more than 100 organizations that collaborated to form the Homes For All alliance - a campaign with the goal of broadening the conversation of the housing crisis beyond foreclosure and putting forth a comprehensive housing agenda.
Public policy director of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) Darielle Dannen co-chaired the campaign, single-mindedly pursuing one cause - safe and affordable homes for all Minnesotans. In the end, lawmakers in both chambers championed housing, along with teachers, people of faith, mental health advocates, local government officials and housing organizations.