After seeing a clear need for more investment into Minnesota public housing and affordable housing across the state, I made sure to make a clear push for $100 million total in housing bonds, and specifically $20 million to make capital improvements to local public housing authorities statewide. There are more than 21,000 public housing units scattered across all 87 Minnesota counties. The $20 million secured in the bonding bill this past session can be used to preserve existing housing to keep it decent, safe and sanitary for its low income residents.
I’m writing to help spread the word that the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency is accepting RFP (request for proposals) and applications are due on November 5. There are a myriad of things authorities can apply for including health, safety and energy efficiency improvements to publicly owned housing.
According to Minnesota Housing, preference will be given to projects that:
- address health and safety issues
- include energy or resource conservation improvements that reduce operating costs
- maximize federal or local resources
- are ready to proceed
Whether it’s a major window replacement, a roof reconstruction, or a major remodeling I’m encouraging the 124 public housing authorities across the state to put together a request if they need one, and put this money to good use in housing the low-income Minnesotans that come to you for shelter.
Applications are due Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. For more information on how to apply visit the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s website here.