The Washington County CDA is driven to make a difference in our community. Over the years our award-winning team has been recognized numerous times, from community groups to national organizations, for its creativity, efficiency, and excellence in serving the residents of Washington County.
In 2011, we took ownership of a 40-unit public housing building located in Forest Lake called Whispering Pines. We developed a comprehensive capital improvement plan to address building code non-compliance and modernization. The $1 million renovation included replacement or repair of the elevator jacks, fire alarm system, exterior brick work, common areas, and interior bath and kitchen finishes. We coupled funds from Minnesota Housing’s PARIF (Preservation Affordable Rental Investment Fund) program, Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Capital Fund, and our Capital Improvement funds.
Red Oak Preserve is a 126-unit, master-planned neighborhood located in the city of Oakdale. We owned a manufactured home park which had significant infrastructure problems. We redeveloped the property in a holistic manner to meet needs of existing residents while resolving the health and safety issues posed by the aging infrastructure. Along with partners, we developed an overall land use vision that created a neighborhood with affordable and market rate owner occupied single family homes, affordable owner occupied townhomes, affordable rental townhomes and affordable senior apartments.
Executive Director Barbara Dacy leads Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack and members of the Oakdale City Council on a tour of Red Oak Preserve.
Initiated in 2010, we partnered with Canvas Health, Inc. to create a new program specifically aimed at youth. The goal of the Youth in Transition Program was to assist Washington County youth from 16-21 who were homeless or living in a place not meant for habitation in finding stable, secure housing. Canvas Health performed outreach, stabilization, and ongoing support services, while we worked with the youth in finding a suitable rental unit, administered rental assistance on behalf of the youth to the landlord, and provided ongoing housing supportive services to help these youth attain self-sufficiency.
Ann Lindquist, Rental Assistance Specialist and Youth in Transition Coordinator, and Executive Director Barbara Dacy accept the NAHRO Award of Merit.
This award recognized our housing counselors for their outstanding achievement and success serving communities and clients.
The City of Cottage Grove recognized us for our continuing commitment and contribution to the City of Cottage Grove Park and Recreation Department activities. Since 1992, we've worked cooperatively with the City to deliver recreation programs for low and moderate income children at Parkside Apartments, now known as Woodlands I.
A Certificate of Commendation was awarded to us by Governor Tim Pawlenty in recognition of the agency’s outstanding contributions as a dedicated employer as part of the Washington County Senior Worker program.
HousingLink recognized us for the “incredible work done by (our) staff in assisting low-income individuals and families in resolving their housing crisis."