HUD Secretary Donovan, Franken, Ellison Speak at Homes for All Conference

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Senator Al Franken and Congressman Keith Ellison attended the Homes for All Conference in St. Paul Monday.

Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, announced the Rental Housing Revitalization Act, which would allow local public housing agencies to provide $25 billion in much-needed repair and renovation to the nation’s affordable housing stock.

Secretary Donovan delivered a keynote speech at the St. Paul River Centre, after which he, Ellison and Jon Gutzman of the St. Paul Public Housing Agency discussed the legislation in detail — and disagreed on some key points — during an afternoon breakout session.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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