The Plan at Work: Strategy 1

Preserve and increase the supply of rental housing units for lowest-income residents

In alignment with recommended actions from Strategy 1, Community & Economic Development has begun to implement the work of the plan.

Activate a county Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) levy and establish a dedicated fund to support affordable housing development

Coordinate with local efforts in preserving naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH)

  • Preservation projects approved through the annual Housing Development Solicitation
  • Ramsey County has also partnered with the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund as part of their NOAH II Impact Fund that supports the acquisition and preservation of naturally occurring affordable housing buildings and properties.   

Meetings with local housing staff to help meet local affordable housing production.

  • Participated in regular meetings with City of Saint Paul, multiple multifamily workgroups hosted by Minnesota Housing, as well as other local housing staff to help meet local affordable housing production and policies outlined in city comprehensive plans. 
  • Chair the Fair Housing Implementation Council to reduce impediments to housing choice and access across the metropolitan region. 

Multi-family housing policies receiving county funding

  • Established updated policies for all multi-family housing projects receiving county funding, including requirements to accept housing choice vouchers, advertise available units on HousingLink online search tool and consider tenants enrolled in the Beyond Backgrounds program.

Partner with utility providers to supply energy efficiency, weatherization, and electrification credits for low income homeowners.

  • No updates to provide at this time.   

Use HRA levy funding to incentivize corridor grants

  • Initiated Critical Corridors programs that support place-based investments along major transportation, commercial and cultural corridors.
    • Pre-Development Planning supports cities and nonprofits as they prepare for future development. In the first two rounds of funding in 2022 and 2023, about $330,000 in funding was awarded through this program.
    • Development & Infrastructure funds development projects that invest in key corridors through placemaking, increased walkability, and public realm improvements. In the first round of funding in 2022, almost $1 million in funding was awarded through this program.
    • Commercial Corridor Initiative supports small business districts through marketing and placemaking. In the first two rounds of funding in 2022 and 2023, about $170,000 in funding was awarded through this program.

Grow the portfolio of small-scale and diverse housing developers

  • Initiated the Emerging and Diverse Developers (EDD) program in the summer of 2023.   The EDD program pairs technical assistance to emerging developers with a tailored solicitation supported small scale, community centered, innovative projects that lead to the rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing units.