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.

2020 consolidated pool RFP

A request for proposals for CDBG projects and activities in consolidated pool cities is currently open through Thursday, February 27.

Visit the Hennepin County Supplier Portal to view the RFP, register and apply. 

Around $450,000 is expected to be available to support public services for low- and moderate-income residents in 2020.

Eligible applicants

  • Government agencies
  • Developers
  • Community-based organizations
  • Tribal organizations
  • Nonprofit entities

Eligible activities

  • Preserving and creating multifamily rental housing
  • Preserving and creating single-family homeownership
  • Improving community facilities and infrastructure
  • Create housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Property acquisition 
  • Rehabilitation projects for senior centers or special needs housing

2020 public services request for proposals

A request for proposals (RFP) for public service activities funded through CDBG is currently open through Thursday, February 20.

Visit the Hennepin County Supplier Portal to view the RFP, register and apply.

Around $450,000 is expected to be available to support public services for low- and moderate-income residents in 2020.

Eligible applicants

  • Nonprofits
  • Government agencies
  • Community-based organizations
  • Tribal organizations

2020 public service funding priorities

Top Hennepin County priorities for CDBG funding in 2020 include emergency assistance such as temporary or short-term housing assistance and homelessness prevention.
Other eligible activities, include:

  • Domestic abuse counseling
  • Financial counseling
  • Job training
  • Senior services
  • Senior center programming
  • Tenant advocacy
  • Youth counseling or programming 

CDBG funding for cities

Some CDBG funds are also allocated by Hennepin County to cities directly and through a consolidated pool of smaller suburban county cities, while other cities receive CDBG funding directly from HUD. Direct allocation cities

Nine cities receive CDBG funding directly from Hennepin County: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Richfield, St. Louis Park.

Four cities receive CDBG funding directly from HUD: Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and Plymouth.

Consolidated pool cities

The RFP for consolidated pool funding will be posted the week of January 13th, 2020. 

30 cities in Hennepin County share CDBG funding through a consolidated pool of funds that can be used for projects in any of the cities. Consolidated pool cities jointly review project proposals.

Consolidated pool cities: Champlin, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Osseo, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Anthony, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Wayzata.

Map of consolidated cities (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
  • Improved community facilities and infrastructure
  • Neighborhood revitalization 

Contact

Email Tyler Moroles at tyler.moroles@hennepin.us or call 612-348-2670.

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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