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Workforce and Affordable Homeownership Development Program Now Accepting Applications

The Workforce and Affordable Homeownership Development Program will provide one-time grants for the development of workforce and affordable homeownership projects across Minnesota. The funds will serve households up to 115% area median income (AMI) except in the case where a project directly benefits a neighborhood or development that includes individuals with a wide range of incomes. The funds will be distributed in approximately equal amounts to proposals in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.
Priority will be given to proposals that did not receive funding under the 2016 Single Family Consolidated Request for Proposals (Single Family RFP).

Eligible Organizations

The following organizations are eligible for funding:
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Cooperatives created under Minnesota Statutes 308A or 308B
  • Community land trusts created under Minnesota Statutes 462A.31
For-profit organizations and government entities are not eligible to apply for funding.

Eligible Uses

The funds may be used for residential housing development and rehabilitation, land development, and infrastructure development and repair for manufactured home parks. Funds may not be used to provide down payment assistance or financing for owner-occupied rehabilitation.

Review Criteria

  • The extent to which the proposal is an innovative workforce housing project.
  • The proposal identifies a compelling local community need and the extent to which the proposal clearly addresses the community need.
  • The extent to which the proposal address the needs of underserved populations.
  • The extent to which non-state resources and financing are committed to the proposed project.
  • The type of proposed activity is not typically funded under the Single Family RFP.

Application Process

Interested organizations must complete the letter of interest form by Friday, December 16, 2016. Select organizations will be invited to submit a full application.


December 16, 2016 Deadline to submit letters of interest
January 2, 2017 Select proposals invited to submit full application for funding
January 31, 2017 Deadline to submit full application
April 27, 2017 Applicants informed of funding approval
For more information, please contact Nira Ly at 651.296.6345.

Enhanced Financial Capacity Homeownership Initiative (Homeownership Capacity)

Homeownership Capacity is a pilot program that provides financial support to eligible nonprofit and government organizations that provide intensive financial empowerment and homeownership training to emerging markets (i.e., households of color or Hispanic ethnicity) and low-income renters who have the goal of homeownership. See the Program Concept for more information.


If you are interested in getting the training and education you need to buy a home, please contact one of our Homeownership Capacity providers for more information.

Si usted está interesado en aprender más sobre el programa de capacitación técnica para los que quieren ser dueños de casa (“Homeownership Capacity” en inglés), favor de contáctarse con una de nuestras organizaciones proveedoras del programa para mayor información.

2016-2017 Applicants

The Homeownership Capacity application process is now closed. See the list of funding awards for the 2016-2017 program year.

View the 2016-2017 Informational Webinar recording and slides.

Questions? Contact Ruth DuBose at 651.297.3128.

Current Providers

Current Homeownership Capacity providers, please see program information and forms.

Minnesota Urban and Rural Homesteading Program (MURL)

The Minnesota Urban and Rural Homesteading Program (MURL) is designed to stop or prevent the spread of blight by financing to acquire and rehabilitate dilapidated single family housing. Homes are sold to at-risk borrowers, who agree to follow a “good neighbor” policy, via an interest-free contract for deed.  The following manuals and forms are for the use in portfolio management of current administrators.  New MURL funding is currently unavailable.
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