CDBG / HOME Programs

What are CDBG and HOME?

The Washington County CDA manages two federally funded programs on behalf of the county: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program. Funds for these programs are used for a variety of housing and community enrichment purposes to primarily benefit people who are below 80 percent of the area median income ($65,800 for a family of four).

What types of projects can be funded?

A wide variety of projects can be funded under the community development banner of CDBG and HOME programs - home rehabilitation and crisis assistance for families experiencing or 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 a few examples of ways that Washington County communities have made improvements through the assistance of CDBG funds.
  • Cottage Grove, Landfall and May Township have made improvements to their streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
  • Lake Elmo used CDBG funds to assist eligible homeowners with the cost of replacing the deteriorating gas lines in their homes.
  • Afton installed a handicapped-accessible door at their City Hall in order to ensure their space was accessible to all citizens.
  • Hugo used funds to create a permanent space for a community food shelf.
  • Forest Lake, Saint Paul Park, Scandia and Stillwater were allocated funds in order to bring their housing buildings into code compliance.

How does my community participate?

Participation means that we use your community’s demographics in the formula to determine the County’s annual funding allocation. There is no cost or other commitment to participation.  The benefit to participating is that your community and/or residents have access to the nearly $1 million in funds we receive annually to administer these programs.

Applying for Funds

Project funding is granted on an annual basis through a competitive RFP process. A list of current opportunities can be found on our RFPs & Bids page. Interested parties submit applications which are reviewed by staff and the CDBG / HOME Citizen Advisory Committee. The Washington County CDA Board of Commissioners reviews the Citizen Advisory Committee's funding recommendations, makes final funding decisions, and approves inclusion of these decisions in the Annual Action Plan. A public comment period follows for citizens to provide comments or feedback regarding the plan.

Specific questions can be directed to Angie Shuppert, Community Development Programs Manager, at 651-379-9551 or ashuppert@wchra.com.
Fair Housing Information

The Fair Housing Act of 1968, and subsequent amendments, prohibits discrimination in housing based on race or color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. Everyone deserves a fair chance.

Here are videos about these topics in various languages, and a list of frequently asked questions about the act.

Reports Required By Law

Documents produced to comply with requirements under state and federal law can be found on our Reports & Financial Data page under the heading "CDBG/HOME Reports."