We have a housing crisis in Brooklyn Park. It is my pledge to work with the city, county, and state authorities, along with housing advocates to identify and provide resources to improve residential housing stocks in the city. I am interested in how we leverage loans and tax increment financing to include different housing stocks. For the past decade, home ownership rates have steadily declined, but the number of renters has greatly increased. The supply of rental homes has not come close to keeping up with the growing demand. Based on a well-established rule of thumb, rent should be no more than 30% of income, the average rent in Brooklyn Park is $816. This means the full-time salary of the average nursing assistant may not be enough to get a decent one-bedroom apartment.