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Housing plans and accomplishments

Hennepin County receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing and community development projects in suburban cities. The county works with suburban cities to use these funds for a variety of purposes and projects that primarily serve low and moderate income residents and families.

Additionally, three suburban cities receive federal funding directly from HUD: Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Plymouth. These cities prepare their own plans and reports that are also included on this page.

Federal funding for housing and community development is provided to the county and partner cities through three primary federal programs:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships
  • Emergency Solutions Grant

Below, you can find more information about how funding through these programs is used in Hennepin County, including plans, goals and accomplishments.

Public comment period: HOME-ARP allocation plan

The below Amendment to the 2021 Action Plan outlines the proposed use of $6.4 million in federal funding. Hennepin County received these funds as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which appropriated $5 billion to be administered through the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program. The funds are intended to provide homelessness assistance and supportive services.

Draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan/2021 Action Plan Amendment (PDF)

This plan describes the planned distribution of HOME-ARP funds, and the process for applying and selecting projects. It also identifies priorities for eligible projects and activities.

Comment on the draft plan

Public comment will be accepted on the draft HOME-ARP plan for 30 days starting August 1, 2022.

The public can comment on the draft plan at an upcoming hearing on Tuesday, August 9, at 1:30 p.m.

To attend the public hearing via telephone, call the toll-free dial-in telephone conference number 855-946-3351 prior to the start of the meeting. You can also view the live feed here, but will need to call in to provide comment.

You can also provide written comments on the amendment from August 1 through August 30, 2022 to:

Julia Welle Ayres
Hennepin County Housing and Economic Development Department
701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55415

You can also email comments to julia.welleayres@hennepin.us.

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The 2022 draft housing and community development action plan shows how Hennepin County and partner cities plan to use approximately $6 million in annual federal funds for affordable housing and community development projects in suburban cities over the coming year. This yearly action plan directs federal funds through three primary programs:

  • Community Development Bock Grant program (CDBG)
  • Home Investment Partnerships (HOME)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

View the 2022 draft annual action plan (PDF)

Public hearing April 12

Hennepin County hosted a virtual public hearing to gather comments and feedback on the draft plan on Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.

Watch the hearing on Microsoft Teams.

The Hennepin County five-year consolidated plan and 2020 action plan for housing and community development will guide the use of federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in suburban Hennepin County cities over the next five years. More than 2,000 Hennepin County residents offered input into the plans through in-person and online engagement activities.

  • The 2020–2024 draft five-year consolidated plan sets high-level goals and priorities to guide the use of an estimated $25 million in federal funds for affordable housing and community development over the next five years.
  • The 2020 draft action plan shows specifically how Hennepin County and partner cities plan to use approximately $5 million in federal funds on affordable housing and community development projects over the coming year.

Download and view the final 2020–2024 five-year consolidated plan and 2020 action plan (PDF 24MB).

These plans propose use of federal housing and development funds in all but three suburban cities: Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Plymouth. These cities receive funding directly from HUD and prepare their own action plans, which are included in the PDF document linked above.

View the City of Minneapolis' separate planning and reporting process.

Every year, Hennepin County and partner cities report and evaluate how federal funding was used for housing and community development, as well as some public service activities, in suburban cities over the previous year.

This information is included in a document referred to as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). These reports are meant to show how the county and cities are working towards goals outlined in the five-year action plan. They serve to both satisfy federal requirements and provide information to the general public.

The Hennepin County CAPER includes information on all Hennepin County cities except those that receive their own funding, including Minneapolis, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Plymouth.

2021 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

The 2021 draft CAPER reports on program activities from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

View the City of Minneapolis' separate reporting process.

Comment on the draft report

A public hearing on the draft 2021 CAPER will be held at the Hennepin County Board meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Visit the county board meetings page to learn more.

Written comments on the draft 2021 CAPER can be submitted to Julia Welle Ayres, Director of Housing Development and Finance Division, Hennepin County, 701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN, 55415 or email Julia.WelleAyres@hennepin.us by 4:30 p.m. on September 26, 2022.

2021 Action Plan

The 2021 housing and development draft annual action plan shows how the county and city partners plan to use approximately $5.2 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over the coming year.

The plan identifies 2021 funding priorities, projects, activities and outcomes through three federal programs managed by Hennepin County:

  • Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

A public hearing for the 2021 draft annual action plan was held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. before the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. Written comments were also accepted April 1 through April 30, 2021.

View the 2021 draft annual action plan (PDF)

2019 Action Plan Amendment 3

The Amendment to the 2019 Action Plan proposed the use of funds that Hennepin County will receive under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hennepin County received additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds through the CARES Act. The key priorities for CDBG funded services are emergency assistance and homelessness prevention. In May of 2020, Hennepin County made an amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan, adding funds from the first round of CDBG-CV to fund emergency rental assistance through the network of service providers in Hennepin County. The second round was used for homeownership assistance, with counseling through the Minnesota Homeownership Center’s network of counseling agencies. It also funded navigators for both renters and homeowners looking for assistance.

The first round using the special allocation of CDBG funding through CARES Act was $1,726,395 and the second round was $2,560,222, totaling $4,286,617 between both rounds.

Hennepin County opened a minimum five-day public comment period to gather comments and feedback on the draft Amended Plan on March 16, 2021.

2019 documents

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports (CAPERs)

Five-year consolidated plans

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