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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.

2019 Action Plan Amendment 3

The Amendment to the 2019 Action Plan proposes 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). Learn more about the Amendment and comment period under "Previous years' plans and reports," below.

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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)

View the plan

2021 draft annual action plan (PDF) - Updated with consortium cities

Comment on the plan

Public hearing

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is soliciting public comment on the Hennepin County Consortium Draft 2021 Action Plan, which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in May 2021. The Hennepin County Consortium includes all cities in suburban Hennepin County.

There will be opportunity for public comment at the public hearing on:

  • Tuesday, April 13
  • 1:30 pm

To give public comment during the meeting, call 855-946-2251. Once you begin speaking, you will have two minutes to make your comments. After that, your microphone will be muted.

Watch the public hearing on Microsoft Teams.

Access closed captioning for board meetings.

Submit written comments

You can also submit written comments from April 1 through April 30 to Julia Welle Ayres, Manager, Housing Development and Finance, Hennepin County Housing and Economic Development, at Julia.WelleAyres@hennepin.us.

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 plans: 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.

2019 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

The Hennepin County CAPER includes information on all suburban Hennepin County cities except Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Plymouth. These cities prepare their own reports, which are also linked below.

View the City of Minneapolis' separate reporting process.

Comment on the draft report

A public hearing on the draft 2019 CAPER will be held at the Hennepin County Board meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. Visit the county board meetings page to learn more.

Written comments on the draft 2019 CAPER can be submitted to Julia Welle Ayres, Hennepin County Housing and Economic Development manager, by 4:30 p.m. on September 22, 2020.

Send written comments to Julia.WelleAyres@hennepin.us or by mail to:
Julia Welle Ayres
701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN, 55415

2019 Action Plan Amendment 3

The Amendment to the 2019 Action Plan proposes 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 will be used for homeownership assistance, with counseling through the Minnesota Homeownership Center’s network of counseling agencies. It will also fund 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 will open a minimum five-day public comment period to gather comments and feedback on the draft Amended Plan on March 16, 2021.

Submit written comments by 4:30 on March 23, 2021, to:

Julia Welle Ayres Hennepin County 701 4th Avenue South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Or email comments to: Julia.WelleAyres@hennepin.us.

2019 Amendment 3 (PDF)

2019 Amendment (PDF)

2019 Action Plan (PDF 7MB)

Action plans

Five-year consolidated plans

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