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Rent assistance vouchers for 220,000 Minnesota households proposed at Capitol

The $1.7 billion voucher program is one of many housing proposals brewing this session

A first-of-its-kind rent voucher proposal that could help 220,000 Minnesota households is percolating at the State Capitol.

The program would cost roughly $1.7 billion each year - about 6% of the current state budget - and reduce the number of people who have languished on waitlists for housing subsidies through a government program known as Section 8.

"That would drastically change my life. I wouldn't have to worry about, 'Oh, can I afford these groceries?' " said housing advocate Theresa Dolata,who said she spends 70% of her Social Security disability check on her Minneapolis apartment. She has been on the Section 8 waitlist for almost four years and anticipates she could wait another decade.


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