A wide variety of projects can be funded under the community development banner of CDBG and HOME programs. Home rehabilitation and crisis assistance for those at risk of homelessness are two of the most important.

But funds also support initiatives in the areas of homebuyer assistance, affordable rental housing, property acquisition, and development of facilities like youth centers and libraries.

Here are just a few examples of ways that our communities have been made stronger through the help of these programs.

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Habitat for Humanity

During the housing crisis, a developer abandoned the Mississippi Dunes Townhomes development in Cottage Grove.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity stepped up and applied for Washington County HOME funds to help complete these three-four unit building townhomes for deserving households that met their eligibility criteria. The last four units were completed and sold to homeowners in June of 2015.

You can read more about the impact this project has had on local residents in this article from the South Washington County Bulletin.

We have partnered with Habitat on a number of projects throughout Washington County and are pleased to support their efforts to make that sense of home a reality for deserving families in our communities.

Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf (pictured)

The mission of the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf is to “provide emergency food to families or individuals in a manner that seeks to maintain their dignity.”

And as the population of the Hugo area has grown, so too has the need. An organization that was serving ten households a month when it was founded now sees an average of 125 households a month.

When a new building was necessary to keep up with the needs of the community, the food shelf partnered with the City of Hugo. The city applied for Community Development Block Grant funding, which was used to acquire the land on which the new facility would be built.

The new space has more accommodating features for storage and a space to grow their own vegetables so that families have access to fresh produce regularly. In its first month open at the new site, the food shelf served 167 households

In March 2017, the food shelf announced that through the generosity of donors, the mortgage on the building was paid off – in under two years. Good neighbors, indeed!

We’re proud of the residents of Hugo and Centerville and that we could play a part in their success!