This Week at the Capitol: The Home Stretch

4/22/2013

Today’s entry of This Week at the Capitol is a guest post by Kenza Hadj-Moussa. Kenza is the Communications and Development Director at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and also co-chair of the Communications Team for Homes for All.

Another April snow storm is hitting Minnesota tonight. It feels like January, but legislators are wrapping up omnibus budget bills.

It’s hard to believe there are only four weeks left of session. The Minnesota House will spend a late night at the Capitol, voting on their version of the HHS budget.

The HHS budget serves Minnesotans at every age and stage of life, prenatal health care, aging services, and everything in between. Dozens of bills have been heard, and over 100 amendments have been introduced.

With so many facts—and so much at stake— legislators depend on nonprofits, policy experts, lobbyists, constituents, and research bodies to make sense of it all. 

We don’t expect every legislator to know the intricate details of the Homes for All agenda. But they should know how broadly it’s supported: over 70 respected and trusted organizations from across the state have endorsed the campaign.

We don’t expect every legislator to memorize the acronyms for FHPAP, HECAT, and LTHSS. But they should know that children and youth are the most likely people to be homeless in Minnesota—and there’s something they can do about it.

We don’t expect our legislators to have all of the solutions. But they should know that there is something they can do this session to help all Minnesota children and families have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home.

Spring is coming. 

–Kenza Hadj-Moussa, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless