County board actions: $2.7 million awarded for affordable housing, $2.2 million awarded for development along transit lines, program continues to help chronically homeless

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County board actions

The county board awarded $2.7 million of funding for affordable housing, $2.2 million for development along transit lines and funding to continue help for chronically homeless families.

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$2.7 million awarded for affordable housing  

Voting May 2 as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the board awarded 2017 Affordable Housing Incentive Fund grants to help develop and preserve 657 affordable housing units.

Hennepin County awarded funding to the following projects:

  • Aeon Prospect Park, Minneapolis: $250,000 to construct 70 units of mixed-income rental housing
  • CLCLT Homebuyer Initiated Program, Minneapolis: $100,000 to restore four single-family homes
  • Knox & American, Bloomington: $300,000 to construct 284 units of mixed-income rental housing including 50 affordable rental units
  • Minnehaha Commons, Minneapolis: $250,000 to construct 43 rental units for seniors experiencing homelessness
  • Minnehaha Townhomes, Minneapolis: $500,000 to construct 16 rental units for families experiencing homeless
  • PLACE St. Louis Park: $300,000 to construct 299 units of mixed-income rental housing including 200 affordable rental units
  • Reprise: Brooklyn Park: $200,000 to refinance and rehabilitate 110 senior apartment units and 60 family townhome rental units
  • Sabanthi Senior Housing, Minneapolis: $400,000 to construct 50 affordable rental units for seniors next to the Sabanthi Community Center
  • The Mariner, Minnetonka: $200,000 to construct 236 units of mixed-income rental housing including 55 affordable rental units
  • WHAHLT Homes Within Reach, suburban Hennepin County: $200,000 to restore six single-family homes

Since 2000, the program has committed $59.9 million and leveraged more than $1.3 billion in additional investment to create and maintain more than 7,200 affordable housing units. 

Read more about funding awards.

Read more about the Affordable Housing Incentive Fund.

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$2.2 million awarded for development along transit lines

Voting May 2 as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the board awarded funding for seven projects that will create housing, commercial space, jobs and improved connections to transit. Hennepin County funding for these projects will support bicycle infrastructure, landscaping, sidewalks, trails, wayfinding, streetscaping, lighting and more near transit stations.

Hennepin County awarded funding to the following projects:

  • 38th Street Station, Minneapolis, $400,000: Located near the 38th Street Station on the METRO Blue Line, the project will construct a new mixed-use development with housing, retail and office space.
  • East Town Apartments, Minneapolis, $330,000: The project, located within walking distance of the U.S. Bank Station on the METRO Blue and Green Lines, will support development of 169 affordable housing units.
  • Green on 4th, Minneapolis, $400,000: The project includes 243 mixed-income units located near the Prospect Park Station on the METRO Green Line.
  • Knox & American, Bloomington, $400,000: Located along the future Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit corridor, the project will include 248 mixed-income apartments, a 125-room hotel and restaurant.
  • Penn Avenue Union, Minneapolis, $200,000: The project, adjacent to the future Penn & Golden Valley Station on the C-Line, will create 64 units of mixed-income housing and commercial space.
  • Southwest Station Apartments, Eden Prairie, $300,000: Located next to the existing Southwest Station and future Green Line Extension Station, the project will add 222 mixed-income units and retail space.
  • Youth Link-Downtown View Apartments, Minneapolis, $170,000: The project will consist of 47 new affordable housing units for homeless youth and the expansion of a youth service center.

Read more about funding awards.

Read more about Hennepin County transit oriented development grants.

Program will continue connecting chronically homeless with housing

The board approved $351,875 of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funding to help chronically homeless families attain stable housing. Funding will allow six full-time caseworkers to continue serving hard-to-reach families coping with physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities. Between June 2015 and June 2016, 99 percent of all 51 families participating in the program secured or maintained permanent housing.

Read more about this action.

Hennepin County receives Toastmasters International award

Last week, Toastmasters International recognized Hennepin County for supporting county employees who participate in three Hennepin County-sponsored clubs and two other local Toastmasters clubs. During a ceremony at the Government Center on May 5, Toastmasters International Director Monique Levesque-Pharoah presented the program's Corporate Recognition Award to County Administrator David Hough.

Learn more about these clubs and other Toastmaster clubs in the area.

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