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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 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.

Seeking proposals for public service activities and Consolidated Pool cities capital activities for 2022

Public service activities

Hennepin County is seeking proposals for public/social services for low- and moderate-income residents through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Up to $450,000 is available to support public service activities in 2022.

Consolidated Pool cities capital activities

Hennepin County is also soliciting proposals for CDBG. Capital funds are available to fund housing rehabilitation, public facilities, property acquisition, and other community development activities serving low- and moderate-income households in the “Consolidated Pool” communities of suburban Hennepin County to help meet the goals and priorities in the 2020 - 2024 Consolidated Plan. Approximately $500,000 in funding will be awarded.

View the map of Consolidated Pool cities (PDF)

All applications are due by February 24, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Access the RFPs and apply

  • Visit the Supplier Portal
  • You can view the separate RFPs and materials by clicking the specific RFP you wish to view in the "Events" panel on the right half of the screen
  • To apply, follow the on-screen instructions

You will need to be registered in the Supplier Portal to submit an application. For detailed instructions on how to register and submit an application, visit the Supplier Portal information page.

Eligible applicants

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

Funding priorities

Top Hennepin County priorities for CDBG funding in 2022 include emergency assistance, such as temporary or short-term housing assistance, and homelessness prevention.

Other priorities, include:

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

Contact 

Tonja West-Hafner
tonja.west-hafner@hennepin.us
612-348-2599

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). The timeline for the 2022 coordinated affordable housing development request for proposals was that the RFP will be posted January 6, with proposals due February 3. 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

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 was the purchase, rehabilitation and resale of foreclosed and abandoned properties.

Funding was issued in three rounds.

NSP3 - closed all funds expended

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 - closed all funds expended

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.

Contact

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

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