Commissioner Dorfman's goal is closing the door on homelessness in Hennepin County
Welcome and thank you for visiting my web page. As county commissioner for the 3rd District, I serve south and west Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. I’m committed to:
One of Gail’s top priorities is ending homelessness in Hennepin by 2016. In 2006, she co-chaired the commission that developed “Heading Home Hennepin: A Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County.” She has consistently fought for county funding for affordable housing, and her efforts helped bring Project Homeless Connect to Minneapolis.
In honor of her leadership in this effort, the National Alliance to End Homelessness has given Commissioner Dorfman their Public Sector Achievement Award for 2008.
Recently, as the foreclosure crisis began to threaten our community, Commissioner Dorfman has led efforts to support expanded foreclosure counseling and established the Hennepin County Foreclosure Task Force to analyze the county’s role in response to this crisis.
Gail has also developed policies aimed at building healthy families and communities. She co-authored the county’s smoking ordinance – one of the first in the state. She chaired the Neighborhood Revitalization Program Policy Advisory Board and the Juvenile Justice Committee, and she serves on several boards, including the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, which she chaired from 2006 until 2008, and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.
Gail works on a wide variety of transportation and transit projects, both in District 3 and Hennepin as a whole. In her work, she seeks to balance the needs of pedestrians, bikes, cars and other transit options on our roads and transit corridors. Transit projects are varied, including the nearly decade-long development of the Southwest Transitway, closing gaps in the county’s popular bike trail system, or reconstruction of Lake Street and Lyndale Avenues.
Hennepin was the first Minnesota county to implement a Complete Streets policy as part of its overall Active Living Hennepin Communities initiative. Complete Streets is designed to ensure safety and accessibility for all users of the county's roads, trails and transit systems, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, commercial and emergency vehicles and people of all ages and abilities.
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