The HRDC has long recognized the relationship between livable communities and the need for safe affordable housing and has worked to increase the supply in our Region. The HRDC uses a variety of methods and partnerships to accomplish the goals of better housing for the residents in our Region.
The HRDC assisted several Communities prepare local housing studies and plans to determine the extent of the need and to find realistic solutions that they can employ to address their own critical housing needs.
One of the barriers to housing production is the lack of developers willing to take risks in the smaller communities in our Region and the difficultly in serving the low and moderate income niche. The HRDC is statutorily prohibited from owning development property so in 1998 the HRDC sought legislative action to form a non – profit housing development corporation specifically to deal with an inadequate supply of affordable housing throughout the Region. The Headwaters Housing Development Corporation (HHDC) was formed and has been providing Regionwide services since that time.
In addition the HRDC provides staffing services, under contract, to both the Beltrami County HRA and Hubbard County HRA. These arrangements allow both organizations to secure a staff team of experts in various disciplines at a fraction of the cost of hiring staff directly. This allows them to use their resources to more fully attend to the critical housing needs in their respective Counties.
For almost twenty years the HRDC has assisted Counties in the Region receive an annual allocation of low interest mortgage financing through the Minnesota Housing Financing Agency’s Minnesota Cities Participation Program (MCPP). Loans are made available through participating local lenders.
Finally, HRDC staff accessed gap financing resources from MN Housing and Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and the Wells Fargo Foundation to help moderate income families get into homes that they would otherwise be unable to afford.
To find out more about the housing services the HRDC has to offer, contact:
- Mary Thompson, Operations Director at 218-333-6537
- Levi Haar, Lending and Accounting Specialist at 218-333-6530
- Sarah Wilcox, Community Development Specialist at 218-333-6533