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Workforce Housing Development Program (WHDP)

Grants to Eligible Minnesota Cities
to Develop Rental Housing

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Minnesota Housing

Deadline Date:

01/10/20 12:00 PM CST


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Grants to Minnesota cities to develop housing units for local working residents. Funding is intended for small and mid-size cities that have a proven increase in employed residents who require rental housing. Eligible costs include the purchase of property; construction of improvements; and provisions of loans or subsidies, grants, interest rate subsidies, public infrastructure and related financing costs. Eligible project areas with fewer than 30,000 people will be given preference.

The purpose of the Program is to help finance Qualified Expenditures of project-specific costs resulting in the direct development of Market Rate Residential Rental Properties to address the lack of workforce housing in Greater Minnesota.

The rental properties would serve employees of businesses located in the Eligible Project Area or surrounding area. Recipients can award funds in the form of grants or loans. If Recipients award funds as a loan, then the loan terms must be as set forth in Section 3.02. In addition, fees or interest charged cannot unduly enrich any parties involved and must not exceed the estimated amount to cover administrative expenses of the Program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 137257

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Number of Grants:

Minnesota Housing expects to fund multiple projects through the 2019 request for proposals (RFP) cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

An individual project award cannot exceed 25 percent of the total development costs.

Term of Contract:

Grant terms will be three years. Deferred loans will: (i) be unsecured; (ii) have a 0% interest rate; and (iii)
will be forgiven after three years. Construction must begin within 12 months of signing the Contract. Construction completion must occur within 24 months of construction start. Minnesota Housing reserves the right to extend or amend Contracts.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants are generally small to mid-sized cities in Greater Minnesota. Eligible applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- Must be an eligible project area (generally small and medium sized cities in Greater Minnesota)
- Must be working with a developer
- Must have a viable proposal for the development of a Market Rate Residential Rental Property, which can include mixed income.

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.

Minnesota Housing will not review applications submitted by developers.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2019 request for proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. CST on Friday, January 10, 2020. Award announcements are expected to be announced in March 2020.

Communities are required to secure matching funds, one dollar for every two dollars in funding offered through the program.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please email and Katie Moore or Devon Pohlman will respond to your inquiry.

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