Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Washington County
The CDA retains Maxfield Research Inc. to perform a countywide housing needs assessment every few years. It examines the current housing market for rental, for-sale, senior, and affordable units as well as future housing demand to the year 2030. It also provides details about current county demographics, existing housing characteristics, and the interrelationship between housing and economic development. Some of the key findings include that the county has the highest rent in the Metro area, workers employed in the county do not earn in wages enough to afford to live in the county, and that the future demand for affordable rental housing is more than four times its historic annual production.
2017 Needs Assessment
CDA Comprehensive Planning Documents
The Washington County CDA prepares documents and research to help communities with their comprehensive planning efforts. Click here to be taken to a Dropbox folder where these documents can be reviewed and downloaded for your use.
An Assessment of Demand for Affordable Senior Housing in Minnesota (November 2014)
The Wilder Foundation's 2012 Statewide Homeless Study
revealed that the fastest growing group among Minnesota's homeless were people over the age of 55. Of those households age 65 and older, the greatest proportion makes just $10,000 to $30,000 each year - far less than what is necessary to afford market-rate apartments in much of the state. Further, affordable senior housing is in short supply. In Washington County alone, we expect a need for 975 additional units by 2030. This study was commissioned by a consortium of housing agencies and private developers to better quantify this demand and to serve as the basis for state-level discussions on how to address this growing concern. 2014 Demand Assessment
Our annual report
tracks foreclosure and pre-foreclosure trends at both the county and municipal level. We've seen tremendous reductions in both numbers - by two-thirds since the height of the foreclosure crisis.
Suburban Metro Area Contiuum of Care (SMAC) 2016 Project Rankings
The Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care is made up of Dakota, Anoka, Washington, Scott and Carver counties.
The following documents describe the process by which projects are recommended for funding as part of the Continuum of Care homeless grant application to be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).2016 Final Ranking and Process2016 Collaborative Application
2016 Project Applicant Process Packet
If you are a landlord interested in renting your units to individuals and families who participate in our rental assistance programs, please check out this useful guide
that can answer many of your questions about how to proceed.
PHA Annual Plan and Five-Year Plan
The federal government requires us to create annual plans and a five-year plan regarding the goals and operation of the the Housing Choice Voucher program and our public housing program. A public hearing is required yearly and is conducted by our Board of Commissioners, usually in August or September of each year.
CDBG / HOME Reports
The Citizen Participation Plan
sets forth the policies and procedures the Dakota County Consortium will follow to provide for public participation in the development of its Consolidated Plan. The goal is to involve and partner with all local citizens, neighborhoods and areas impacted in the implementation of the housing and community development programs provided by the Consortium members.
Our Consolidated Plan
helps us to make fact-based, data-driven decisions about Washington County's needs in the areas of community development and affordable housing. It provides guidance for our annual action plans, which provide more detail on the work being done in our communities. Each plan spans five years.
The Annual Action Plan
provides a yearly summary of the activities and resources used to accomplish the needs and goals outlined in the Consolidated Plan. The plan can be viewed on our website, in public libraries, and in the lobby of the HRA. After the public comment period, the plan is sent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD must review and approve our Annual Action Plan before funds are awarded.
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report
(CAPER) details Washington County’s progress toward meeting the goals outlined in Washington County’s 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan. The CAPER reports on activities funded by the CDBG and HOME programs. Washington County has participated in the CDBG program since 2001 and the HOME program, in partnership with the Dakota County Consortium, since 1994.
The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (Volume 1
and Volume 2
) is produced as part of our certification that Washington County is affirmatively furthering fair housing. We must meet this requirement to keep receiving CDBG and HOME funds.
Audited Financial Statements
On a number of occasions, we’ve received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for our comprehensive financial reports. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by our finance staff, and especially for housing and redevelopment authorities.