Buffy Beranek, Executive Director, Southeast Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority received the 2019 Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. Beranek was recognized for her efforts on the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in Goodhue County and advocating for Local Housing Trust Funds throughout the state of Minnesota. During the 2019 session and beyond, Buffy ardently supported MHP’s agenda. By engaging directly with legislators through multiple trips to the State Capitol, including a trip to testify on the Homes for All legislative agenda, Buffy drew attention to key solutions to address Minnesota’s need for affordable housing including local housing trust funds and the affordable #HousingTaxCredit.  Buffy has spent her career fighting for access and funding for basic social needs – health, education and now housing.

Minnesota Housing Partnership announced the recipients of their 2019 Outstanding Advocate award at the Investor Council Breakfast on June 8, 2019 in St. Paul.  More than 150 representatives of the affordable housing sector in Minnesota were present for the ceremony. These awards recognize community members and selected organizations for demonstrated dedication to affordable housing. During the 2019 session, these advocates engaged their elected officials, motivated others to advocate, and raised the public profile of affordable housing issues. They shared personal and professional experience to further MHP’s policy agenda and secure more resources for affordable housing.

MHP’s work would be impossible without the partnership of these outstanding individuals. MHP is incredibly grateful for all the ways in which they used their voices, ingenuity, talent, and resources to draw attention to housing as a critical public issue. These awards are a small gesture in appreciation of big contributions!