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Workforce Housing Development Program

This competitive funding program targets small to mid-size cities in Greater Minnesota with rental workforce housing needs. Grant funds are available to build market rate residential rental properties in communities with proven job growth and demand for workforce rental housing. Communities are required to secure matching funds, one dollar for every two dollars in funding offered through the program. This program was previously administered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and is now administered by Minnesota Housing.

Who Can Apply

Eligible Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be an Eligible Project Area

  • Must be working with a developer

  • Must have a viable proposal for the development of a Market Rate Residential Rental Property

Note: Minnesota Housing will not review applications submitted by developers.

Eligible Recipients/Project Area

An eligible recipient is an eligible project area. An eligible project area is either:

  • a home rule charter or statutory city located outside of the metropolitan area with a population exceeding 500;

  • a community that has a combined population of 1,500 residents located within 15 miles of a home rule charter or statutory city located outside the metropolitan area; or

  • an area served by a joint county-city economic development authority.

Note: Eligible project areas with fewer than 30,000 people will be given preference.

More detailed information can be found in the FAQs.

Apply for Funding

Application and materials will be released on October 31, 2017.


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