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- Written by Brian Muhs
Is your community facing a lack of affordable housing? Is a demographic group in your hometown underserved? Do you work for an organization that could benefit from enhanced local knowledge, training, and/or strategic partnerships? If so, The Minnesota Housing Partnership is announcing an exciting opportunity your team won’t want to miss out on!
MHP is excited to open its Request for Technical Assistance (RFTA) Application! MHP Is now seeking applicants for the renowned Strengthening Rural Communities Program. Funded through MHP’s eighth-consecutive Rural Capacity Building award from HUD, MHP’s program delivers technical and financial assistance to rural entities and native nations; increasing their capacity to meet current and future housing needs. Awardees enter engagements lasting up to four years with our staff at no cost. By increasing local capacity, our organization positions beneficiaries to achieve their unique vision and sustain successes long after work with MHP is complete.
From 2014-2018 alone, MHP staff provided direct assistance to over 50 beneficiaries through customized and individual workplans; including assistance with 28 community development projects (examples of which include, but are not limited to business incubators, business development centers, or master plans). Our TA experts helped put 289 affordable units into the development process and complete 21 new units, while sustaining 140 through rehab and preservation efforts. MHP was also critical to the success of six new businesses in rural communities and assisted 28 others making a big impact in economies across the United States.
Our TA Specialists have the expertise to assist with a diverse set of issues, including (but not limited to) housing development, housing program development, organizational development, funding and resource development, and community engagement and outreach. You can read about some of our engagements or our funding by clicking on the links below:
Housing entities serving (or attempting to serve) communities of 50,000 individuals or less are generally eligible for assistance through this program. MHP is able to work with several different types of organization including rural housing development organizations (RHDOs), local units of government and political subdivisions, tribal governments and tribal corporate entities, and CHDOs and CDCs. Currently state-wide or state-affiliated entities are not eligible for the Strengthening Rural Communities Program.
While beneficiaries must qualify as one of the above, no official designation or certification is required. If you’re unsure of your organization’s designation, our TA Staff are happy to discuss eligibility and provide guidance prior to entering the application process.
Interested parties will go through a competitive review, and the deadline to apply is July 23rd. Click HERE to access the application directly. An MHP Representative will follow up within forty-five days to schedule a collaborative review of your application. MHP is an equal opportunity assistance provider and affirmatively markets its Technical Assistance to communities facing historic housing disparities. More information on these efforts and paper copies of all materials are available upon request.
We hope to work with you soon! Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance with the application process or with questions. you can reach out to our staff via the contact information below with questions or concerns.
Via Phone: 651-925-5536
Via Fax: 651.649.1725
- Written by Brian Muhs
The tax bill is still being negotiated by State legislative leaders. Two of MHP’s top housing priorities are in play. But they need a strong show of support. Please email Tax Conference Committee Co-Chairs Paul Marquart (DFL, Dilworth) and Carla Nelson (Republican, Rochester).
What’s in play:
- 4d property tax relief for affordable housing providers
- The Housing Tax Credit for new development and preservation for single and multi-family homes.
Suggested language for your email or phone communications:
There is not enough affordable and workforce housing of any type, meaning not all Minnesotans have access to safe, stable, and affordable housing or opportunities to build wealth. The Housing Tax Credit provides flexibility: it can work in communities of all sizes and support a variety of housing development and preservation. The Housing Tax Credit promotes public-private partnerships: it is easy for individuals and business to support affordable and workforce housing. Please support the Housing Tax Credit.
Housing providers need tax relief now. Modifications to the 4d tax classification will ensure that housing providers can support their residents by freeing up more funds to keep rents affordable and maintain safe and healthy homes. Please support modifying the 4d tax classification.
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Send your emails to:
If you have an additional moment, please also email Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Gazelka:
- Majority Leader Gazelka mail form link: https://www.senate.mn/members/email-form/1169