Environmental Standards

It is Minnesota Housing’s policy that all properties receiving funding assistance be free of hazardous materials, contamination, toxic chemicals and gases, and radioactive substances. In any case where such a hazard could afflict the health and safety of occupants or conflict with the intended utilization of the property, evaluation and mitigation shall be performed. Projects receiving funding may require environmental assessments. It is essential to perform all environmental assessments early in the planning process to ensure that any mitigation measures and costs are integrated into the scope of work. Refer to the specific requirements below for applicability.


Visual Assessment for Deteriorated Paint

Housing built prior to 1978 shall have a Visual Assessment conducted by a person trained to identify deteriorated paint. The Visual Assessment is a surface-by-surface inspection for deteriorated paint consisting of a visual search for cracking, scaling, chalking, peeling, or chipping paint. The Visual Assessment should also include a search for dust and debris, including paint chips. The person(s) conducting the Visual Assessment for deteriorated paint must be trained using the Visual Assessment Training Module. This Visual Assessment is normally conducted prior to rehabilitation (initial inspection) and on an annual basis as part of the post rehabilitation activities and ongoing maintenance.

Historic Preservation

The project activities must not be performed on properties that are either listed in or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, or identified as historic by state, territory, tribe or municipality, unless the project activities comply with applicable standards and guidelines. A documentation plan for rehabilitation shall be developed and submitted early to the enforcement authority for review and approval. Refer to The National Park Service and Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office for further guidance.

Visible Mold

Any visible mold or water infiltration shall be investigated for possible causes and properly mitigated. Any mold on materials that cannot be properly cleaned must be removed. If mold is found on drywall it shall be abated, cut out and disposed.