Available Funding: Workforce Housing Development Program
This competitive funding program targets small to mid-size cities in Greater Minnesota with rental workforce housing needs. Up to $4 million in grant or deferred loan 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 that, at a minimum, match one dollar for every two dollars in funding offered through the program.
Applications are due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020. We encourage you to review the application materials on the Workforce Housing Development Program webpage, including the Program Guide and FAQs that outline additional program requirements and criteria for selection.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements: 
  • Generally small- and medium-sized cities in Greater Minnesota provided they meet the program’s requirements of an eligible project area (see our website for more detail on eligible applicants). Applications submitted by developers will not be reviewed.
  • 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.
Minimum Application Requirements 
  • Projects must expand workforce housing in the community.
  • Projects must certify that the community has a vacancy rate below at or below 5 percent.
  • Projects must submit a letter of support from a local business that employs a minimum of 20 full-time employees in aggregate.
  • Projects must provide a local government resolution that states matching funds from the local government, a nonprofit organization or a business have been committed and, at a minimum, match one dollar for every two dollars requested.
    • The developer or an entity affiliated with the developer cannot be the source of matching funds.
    • Preference will be given to applicants who have a match commitment higher than the statutory minimum of one dollar for every two dollars.
  • Funds requested cannot exceed 25 percent of the rental housing development project costs of the project.
  • Projects must demonstrate that construction will begin within 12 months of grant contract or deferred loan contract execution.
Upcoming Information Sessions
We have three opportunities for you to learn about the program and how to apply. Click the links below for more information and to register.
Application Due Date
Applications are due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020. We expect to make recommendations to the Minnesota Housing Board in late March 2020.
Contact Devon Pohlman at 651.296.8255.
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