Sherburne County Housing Summit sparks conversation on region’s housing gap

The Sherburne County Housing Summit was held Nov. 8 at the Sherburne County Government Center with more than 100 industry members in attendance. | Kenna Marie Photography

The momentum for housing policy reform continues to grow. At the first-ever Sherburne County Housing Summit co-hosted by Sherburne Economic Development, Treadstone Mortgage and the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 8, more than 100 housing leaders came together to discuss challenges and opportunities in housing.

A series of speakers and panels throughout the day sparked conversations on effectively and efficiently working to fill housing gaps in the region.

Mark Foster, vice president of legislative and political affairs for Housing First Minnesota, spoke on the state of new housing and emphasized the role of the Minnesota Legislature in removing obstacles to bolster housing supply.

Mark Foster, vice president of legislative affairs for Housing First Minnesota, presents to at the Sherburne County Housing Summit. | Kenna Marie Photography

“Many Minnesota families are currently getting priced out of the American dream of homeownership,” said Foster during his presentation. “And they are calling on the Legislature to lift roadblocks to unleash more housing supply and create better affordability. 2024 is the year to do it.”

Other speakers included King Banaian, a St. Cloud State University economics professor; Jessica Barthel and Marc Schneider of Sherburne County; Sen. Eric Lucero, the minority leader on the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee; and a panel made up of builders and Realtors.