Gov. Mark Dayton’s self-assessment of his progress halfway through his first term continues with a look at community programs.
The governor says he’s “focused on helping all Minnesotans do better by delivering high-quality services that support a nation-leading quality of life.”
The specifics cited are:
- Helping Minnesotans Stay in Their Homes. Provided foreclosure counseling for 17,000 families, helping 56 percent of those households avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.
- Providing a Home for Veterans. Completed construction of a veterans home in Minneapolis, providing 100 new beds in safe, comfortable housing for Minnesota veterans; expanded and made improvements to Fergus Falls, Silver Bay, and Luverne veterans homes.
- Keeping Energy Rates Low. Saved ratepayers $130 million by opposing rate hikes proposed by electric and gas utilities.
- Supporting the Dream of Homeownership. Helped 4,650 Minnesota families become first-time homeowners; 23% were families of color.
- Helping Seniors Live Independently. Helped almost 500 seniors move out of a nursing home back into their home or community. Compared with 2010, that represents a 185% average annual increase.
- Providing Affordable Rental Housing for Low-Income Families. Closed 163 loans for multifamily rental properties, providing quality, affordable housing for 6,850 low-income Minnesota families.
- Helping Disabled Minnesotans Live Independently. Helped more than 400 persons with disabilities move out of an institution and into a home. Compared with 2010, that represents a 62% increase.
- Keeping Wastewater Rates Low. Helped hold wastewater rates 35% below the national average, saving Twin Cities residents $118 per year.
- Helping Seniors Live Full and Productive Lives. Helped 90,000 seniors access information and services to improve the quality of their lives and find opportunities to serve their communities.
- Supporting Minnesota Veterans. Created 180 new Yellow Ribbon networks to coordinate community resources and support for 400,000 Minnesota veterans, military service members and their families.
- Helping Victims of Domestic Violence. Provided emergency shelter to 9,739 victims of domestic violence, helping them develop safety plans.