Legislature passes bonding bill –next steps for the Dorothy Day Center ReVision
Last week the Minnesota Legislature passed a bonding bill to fund capital investment projects across the state. The bill includes a record-breaking $100 million for statewide affordable housing needs and $6 million specifically for the Dorothy Day Center ReVision.
This state investment is a critical step on our journey to create a new vision for the Dorothy Day Center – a vision that will advance meaningful, long-term solutions to homelessness.
This accomplishment was possible because of your support – your e-mails, phone calls, letters and visits to the State Capitol created a groundswell of statewide, bipartisan support for the ReVision in a year when there were many, many competing and important projects.
We are grateful to Senator LeRoy Stumpf and Representative Alice Hausman for their leadership in addressing statewide housing needs, and again to Senator Stumpf, along with our chief authors Senator Sandra Pappas and Representative Carlos Mariani, and to so many others for recognizing the urgency of advancing the Dorothy Day Center ReVision. Our advance thanks to Governor Dayton who is expected to sign the bill in the next several days.
We have more work to do. When we launched this ReVision we knew it would require a sustained and significant effort from both public and private partners. We are already working with our partners on the critical next steps. At the recent Dorothy Day Center Community breakfast, I invited everyone to a groundbreaking next spring. With your help and continued support, we can still make that happen! Karl’s dream and that of so many others for jobs and places of their own must no longer be deferred.
Thank you! We look forward to sharing our continued progress with you.