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.

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Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) allow local governments to address a variety of local community development needs. Hennepin County allocates CDBG program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to suburban Hennepin County cities and service providers either directly or through a consolidated pool.

There are two competitive requests for proposals (RFPs) issued by the county for CDBG funding each year - one for public services, and one for activities in consolidated pool cities. Cities who receive CDBG funding directly from the county or HUD manage their own processes for disbursing funds.

Call for proposals for emergency housing and food assistance

Hennepin County is seeking proposals for use of up to $1.5 million of federal CARES Act funding being administered through the county's CDBG program to provide emergency rental assistance and food assistance payments to low-income Hennepin County households who are at risk of economic loss due to COVID-19.

Eligible applicants

  • Non-profit organizations currently serving suburban Hennepin County who have been selected to receive CDBG funding for Emergency Assistance or Homelessness Prevention in 2019 and/or 2020.

Estimated timeline

  • April 22nd, 2020: Due Date
  • April 24th, 2020: Awards
  • May 1, 2020: Effective start date of contracts
  • June 30, 2021: Contract end date

These dates are subject to revision or cancellation by the county.

To apply

Download the application (DOC)

Submit a completed application by email to abby.malkerson@hennepin.us, cc'ing tyler.moroles@hennepin.us by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Questions regarding this solicitation should be sent via email in the same way.

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). 

Applying for HOME funds

Program funding is part of an annual coordinated request for proposals (RFP) which will be posted January 3, 2020. RFP respondents will be asked to complete applications using the Hennepin County Supplier Portal.

Learn more about the coordinated request for proposals. 

HOME rental ongoing compliance

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

Contact

Tonja West-Hafner
Tonja West-Hafner@hennepin.us
612-348-2599

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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