The 2017 bonding bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Governor Mark Dayton includes $55 million in Housing Infrastructure bonds to fund affordable housing statewide as well as $12 million to help fund the Saint Paul Opportunity Center, a new phase of Dorothy Day Place. Via Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, EXCERPT: “The new vision – a 2-building, $100 million public-private partnership called “Dorothy Day Place” – is the largest public-private partnership in housing and social services in Minnesota history. Fifteen prominent regional business leaders spearheaded the fundraising campaign, including co-chairs Doug Baker, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Ecolab; Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners; and Andy Cecere, President and CEO of U.S. Bank and campaign co-chair. The campaign launched in May 2015 with a $5 million lead grant by The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation – the most significant private investment to support Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in recent history. Other contributions of $1 million or more were given by Target ($2 million); Hardenbergh Foundation; Premier Banks; 3M; Julie and Doug Baker, Jr. Foundation; Ecolab Foundation; Frey Foundation, Carl and Eloise Pohlad Foundation; and U.S. Bank Foundation. All told, more than 480 individuals and organizations have contributed to the Dorothy Day Place private fundraising campaign.” FULLSTORY/RENDERINGS: