Community Improvement

We're partnering with local communities all across Washington County to improve the lives of our residents. Here are just a few recent projects that are made possible through CDBG and HOME funds!

Good Neighbors Food Shelf - Hugo
The mission of the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf (HGNFS) 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 the HGNFS needed a new building to keep up with community demand, they partnered with the City of Hugo. The city applied for Community Development Block Grant funding, which was used to assist in acquiring land for the new facility to be built. The new space has more accommodating features for storage and ability grow their own vegetables so that families have access to fresh produce regularly. In its first month open at the new site, the HGNFS served 167 households. 


Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity - Cottage Grove

b1B2gUfiTwin Cities Habitat for Humanity applied for Washington County HOME funds to help build three-four unit building townhomes in Cottage Grove for low income households. The last 4 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.