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  • 2019 02. February
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      Minneapolis Mayor Speaks at Executive Leadership Series

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      February 6, 2019 | United Way Staff
      Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks to United Way Emerging Leaders on Feb. 1.

      ​Greater Twin Cities United Way welcomed Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as part of our Executive Leadership Series, hosted by Emerging Leaders on February 1. This series brings together young professionals, community leaders, and corporate executives to explore critical community issues.

      Mayor Frey led a passionate conversation on the future of the Twin Cities and shared his views on how Minneapolis has an opportunity to be a nationwide leader in affordable housing and equitable city planning. Mayor Frey has dedicated $40 million to affordable housing in his 2019 budget- more than triple past levels.

      “I’m a believer that housing is a right,” he said. “About 8.5% of our public-school-age population is experiencing homelessness and an even higher percentage is seeing severe housing instability.”

      According to Mayor Frey, a bridge needs to be built to cover the gap of affordable housing.

      “We need deeply affordable housing so people who are experiencing homelessness have the next rung on the ladder to pull themselves out. Right now, they don’t have that rung,” he said.