ST. PAUL, MINN. – The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded five communities across Northwest Minnesota a Small Cities Development Program grant. The funding is awarded to eligible communities to help pay for rehabilitating low-to-moderate income housing and commercial structures and improving infrastructure. The grants were made available to cities and townships with populations fewer than 50,000 and counties with populations fewer than 200,000.
“These grants represent a second chance for many small communities that just don’t have access to this kind of financing. The rehabilitation of housing stock in these small towns is particularly beneficial to our area – which for a long time has suffered from a lack of affordable housing,” said Senator LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer). He added, “Many small communities across Greater Minnesota need this jumpstart to make infrastructure improvements, and these DEED grant programs can represent that ticket to making repairs.”
The following cities are receiving DEED grants:
• Badger – $223,104 is dedicated to the rehabilitation of 2 rental duplexes (4 units) in Badger and the Creamery Apartment in Greenbush (8 units)
• Climax – $320,000 is dedicated to sanitary sewer treatment improvements
• Crookston – $350,000 is dedicated to the rehabilitation of a 98-unit multi-family rental housing complex
• Oklee – $379,500 is dedicated to rehabilitating 14 owner-occupied houses
• Oslo – $399,280 is dedicated to rehabilitating 8 owner-occupied houses, 3 rental duplexes (6 units) and 4 downtown commercial buildings
The grant money can be used for building maintenance, appearance and energy efficiency upgrades which can include heating and cooling systems, windows and doors. Statewide, a total of $17.5 million in grants were awarded to 35 small communities across Greater Minnesota.