EXCERPT: “With a vacancy rate of 2.4 percent, St. Paul is in the midst of a housing crisis, and the city needs to take decisive and wide-ranging steps to address it. That, in a nutshell, was the declaration from the St. Paul City Council, which voted 7-0 on Wednesday to approve a wide-ranging resolution ‘calling for action to create and preserve housing that is affordable at all income levels.’ The housing resolution also calls on the city to ‘address racial, social and economic disparities in housing, and create infrastructure needed to stabilize housing for all in St. Paul.’ The goal, in part, is to send a strong message to St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s office in advance of the mayor’s budget address next month: the 2019 city budget needs to set aside funds for new housing initiatives, including a new staff member to focus exclusively on housing.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2Le3r6V