Federal housing programs

Hennepin County receives federal funding for a variety of housing related programs. The funding helps projects for community revitalization, affordable housing, and stabilizing communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment.

Fair Housing RFP

The Fair Housing Implementation Council has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified bidders to produce an Addendum to the FHIC’s 2014 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The Addendum will specifically address the housing discrimination, barriers to housing choice, and the conditions of segregation and integration in the seven-county area that includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties. RFP materials and additional information is available at the Ramsey County website

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Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help with community development activities that benefit low and moderate income persons. Hennepin County funding serves suburban cities with the exception of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Plymouth who receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.

Who can apply for funding?

Applications for suburban Hennepin County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) are submitted by cities to the County, with the exception of public service agencies seeking funding to serve the Consolidated Pool (PDF).

Activities eligible for funding include

  • Preserving and creating multifamily rental housing
  • Preserving and creating single-family homeownership
  • Supporting agencies that provide public education and outreach services for job training, homelessness prevention, fair housing, financial literacy, emergency assistance, domestic abuse shelter and counseling, senior centers, senior services, at-risk youth counseling, youth activities and transportation services
  • Improved community facilities and infrastructure
  • Neighborhood revitalization

Application materials

CDBG public service activity checklist (DOCX)

Admin cost summary documentation (XLS)

Participant intake form (DOCX)

Client benefit summary form (XLS)

Contact

spencer.agnew@hennepin.us or call 612-348-2205. 

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is a flexible federal grant program that allows Hennepin County to fund affordable housing activities for very low and low-income families or individuals, homeless families, and persons with special needs. To review federal regulations for the HOME Program, visit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For additional program guidelines search 24 CFR Part 92.

Current HOME funded projects are listed in the annual consolidated action plan. Recently completed projects are listed in the consolidated annual performance and evaluation reports (CAPER).

HOME rental ongoing compliance

Compliance of the HOME regulations is conducted through an annual monitoring process. The rental compliance guide (PDF) provides information on HOME regulations, the Consortium requirements, and the required annual monitoring forms for projects assisted with HOME funding.

Annual rental compliance packet (PDF) for submittal (downloadable Excel file).

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) was established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the purpose of stabilizing communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment. The focus of this program is the purchase, rehabilitation and resale of foreclosed and abandoned properties.

Funding is issued in three rounds.

NSP3

Hennepin County was awarded $1,469,133 of federal HUD Community Development Grant (CDBG) Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) funds on a formula basis.

The county has contracted with the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park for the NSP3 funding.

NSP2 - closed all funds expended

NSP1

Hennepin County, as the lead agency of the Urban Hennepin County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, has received an allocation of $3,885,729 from HUD under NSP1. In addition, Hennepin County submitted a competitive application to Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and was awarded $4,715,298.

NSP1 cities and/or their development partners have homes available for purchase. The homes have buyer assistance attached to them under a separate budget.

Additional information on the NSP funded properties is available at:

Request for Proposal – no funding available.

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