ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville) announced that the state’s Workforce Housing Development Program is open for applications, with $39 million to distribute to small communities in need. The new funding is made possible by the Senate DFL’s historic investment in housing in the 2023 session and will help small and mid-sized communities build rental housing for their growing workforces.
“This vital investment in the Workforce Housing Development Program represents our dedication to helping Greater Minnesota thrive,” said Senator Port, chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee. “When I traveled across Minnesota this fall to learn about the housing needs throughout our state, I saw how urgently our small towns and cities need our help. Greater Minnesota is home to some of our fastest-growing communities, but because of housing shortages, businesses are forced to recruit workers from miles away or relocate entirely. This program will disrupt that cycle and deliver the resources that small towns and cities need to build out their housing supply. I’m proud to make this investment that will help small towns and cities thrive for generations to come.”
In its last cycle, the Workforce Housing Development Program received $18.9 million in requests and distributed $4.5 million in funds. The 2023 investment of $39 million will increase the program’s capacity by nearly ten times. Eligible communities may submit applications until Tuesday, April 30.