Tenant Selection Plan Guidelines

Minnesota Housing is committed to creating equitable, affordable, and accessible housing for all Minnesotans. Tenant Selection Plans and tenant screening criteria that reduce barriers to access are critical to these efforts.

Tenant Selection Plan Guidelines (Updated December 2020)

The Tenant Selection Plan (TSP) Guidelines are a requirement for all projects that are selected for an applicable program and funding source as a result of a funding application submitted to Minnesota Housing after March 31, 2021. 
 
For current properties with applicable program and funding sources, the considerations in the General Considerations section are requirements, and the items in the Tenant Screening Criteria section are recommended best practices.

Applicable Funding Sources: This table outlines funding source requirements for TSP guidelines.

Implementing Housing First in Supportive Housing: This document is a fact sheet from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Resources

Tenant Selection Plan Checklist and Help Text

To increase transparency of TSP review and help make sure TSP guidelines are being followed, Minnesota Housing has developed a review checklist for TSPs that will be submitted as part of due diligence. This checklist will serve as a guide for projects to verify the TSP includes the necessary components based on state and federal guidelines. It will also serve as a guide for projects whose funding sources require TSPs and for which Minnesota Housing is responsible for monitoring. Help text accompanies the TSP checklist to provide additional context for the requirements and expectations outlined in Agency guidelines, as well as other federal funding streams that Minnesota Housing monitors.
 
Beginning with projects selected from the 2020 Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP), external partners will upload the completed TSP checklist along with the draft TSP to the Multifamily Customer Portal in the pre-construction due diligence item “Tenant Selection Plan and Screening Criteria.” Minnesota Housing staff reviewing draft TSPs will then use the completed checklist to inform their review of the TSP.
 
The TSP checklist and help text, as well as the recorded training outline this new due diligence component and include details related to implementation. Minnesota Housing staff will be available to help external partners transition to this new process.

TSP Checklist and Help Text Reference Materials

Questions?

Reach out to Sara Gomoll or Annie Johnson with any questions you might have about the use of this checklist tool. We will also be hosting office hours to provide a brief overview of the tool/help text and to answer your questions. We expect attendees to review the training materials prior to attending. This will allow you to ask specific questions related to functionality and content.
 
Office hours are tentatively being scheduled for March and April, when projects are closer to submitting due diligence items. Once scheduled, office hours will be also be posted on our website and sent via an eNews and will include instructions on how to register.