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POLICY 44

Comprehensive Investments: Support coordinated, comprehensive investment strategies in people and in communities to enhance livability and economic mobility throughout the city.

Many Minneapolitans do not have stable housing, which is foundational for success in school, work and civic life. City investments in buildings, neighborhoods and systems are important to the creation and retention of housing stability in Minneapolis, but it’s not enough: Because the barriers to stable housing are individual as well as systemic, investment in people is also needed to build capacity for and remove barriers to long-term housing stability.

Investments in people and housing occur within neighborhoods, and these investments are most successful if they operate as part of a comprehensive community development strategy including housing, transportation, schools, parks and business development. These investments in people and their communities, paired with investments in safety and public health, can help ensure a comprehensive approach to supporting communities throughout Minneapolis.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to support coordinated, comprehensive investment strategies in people and in communities to enhance livability and economic mobility throughout the city.

  1. Prioritize programs to support long-term housing stability, including but not limited to wealth-building housing models and the elimination of criminal and credit report barriers, with a particular focus on communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income renters.
  2. Expand coordination with internal and external partners to identify opportunities and strategies for comprehensive investments.
  3. Expand coordination within the City enterprise including the Police, Regulatory Services, Health, Public Works and community organizations to address crime and safety issues.
  4. Prioritize the use of housing program dollars where coordinated, comprehensive investment is occurring.
  5. Ensure that housing investments in areas with concentrated poverty are part of a comprehensive community investment strategy to benefit existing residents and improve opportunity.
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