MHFA_010634EXCERPT: “Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal, Congresswoman Betty McCollum and other community leaders gathered today at an emergency shelter for Native American families to announce funding to create and preserve over 1,800 affordable housing opportunities throughout the state. The investments in 60 developments support more than 3,400 jobs and will leverage additional private and local resources that will result in nearly $350 million in total development costs. DAYTON: “This funding will stimulate jobs and economic development across our state, while providing housing for Minnesotans in need,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “I thank Minnesota Housing for their work in securing these new investments, and putting these funds to good use in our communities. I look forward to working with the Legislature to make additional investments next session.”..The announcement today also signaled hope for one young person, Norma Jean, who joined housing leaders to talk about the new Ain Dah Yung Center and the promise it brings for her. Ain Dah Yung is a joint project with Project for Pride in Living designed to meet the specific cultural needs of Native youth ages 18-24 who have left the foster care system. The new development to be constructed on University Avenue will provide 42 young people like Norma Jean a safe and stable place to call home.” FULLSTORY: