WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced seven separate NeighborWorks grants totaling $3,104,000 for community organizations throughout Minnesota. The grants will help more Minnesota families realize their dream of owning a home, increase access to affordable rental units, provide needed financial and counseling services to households throughout the state, and support the repair or rehabilitation of existing homes. Last year, NeighborWorks-affiliated community development organizations in Minnesota provided these services to more than 18,300 households.
“The availability of affordable housing – housing that a family can fit in their budget – is one of the most important issues for families,” Klobuchar said. “These grants will help communities across Minnesota build and maintain reliable, affordable housing options for residents, and provide relief to Minnesotans who are still facing higher housing costs than they can handle.”
“Research has shown that a lack of an affordable, stable place to live makes it harder to find employment, maintain financial stability, succeed in school, and sustain healthy living,” Smith said. “The NeighborWorks grants are so important because they are investments in local organizations that work on the front lines every single day to provide affordable housing to those who need it.”
Minnesota organizations receiving these grants include: Aeon of Minneapolis ($577,000), CommonBond Communities of St. Paul ($570,000), Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services of St. Paul ($262,500), Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation of Detroit Lakes ($532,500), NeighborWorks Home Partners of St. Paul ($452,500), One Roof Community Housing of Duluth ($269,500), and Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership of Slayton ($440,000). Many of these organizations work on housing and community development projects across Minnesota.