"The legislators need to hear their stories": Homeless Day on the Hill

Mar 14, 2019

MN Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan talks with advocates of increasing the MFIP program. The $532/month benefit has not been increased since 1986.
Credit Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

Yesterday was the biggest Homeless Day on the Hill in the history of the MN Coalition for the Homeless.

They came with two big agenda items:

- to increase MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program), a cash assistance program that's maximum payout, $532 a month, hasn't increased since 1986

- and to increase the Emergency Services program, giving homeless shelters across the state a $15 million dollar increase

And they got a boost that they perhaps hadn't expected: MN Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan told the group that she is where she is today because of the MFIP program.