Minneapolis Public Housing puts $31.8 million in Recovery funding to use

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority will receive $31.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for three innovative housing initiatives in Minneapolis.

The $31.8M in funds, received through a national competitive process, will be used for the following three initiatives:

1. Design and build a new state of the art Senior Center in Heritage Park in North Minneapolis. MPHA is partnering with Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, Minneapolis YMCA, Augustana Services, Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and others to create a community resource center that will provide an array of services to elderly residents, including medical, adult daycare, social and recreational services. Primary funding: $10.5 million in ARRA funds and $3.8 million in New Market Tax Credits.

2. Develop a 48 unit Green Senior Housing Development near the proposed new Senior Center that will partner with Hennepin County to provide housing and supportive services to frail, elderly, low-income residents who have memory loss issues. This innovative memory care development will use various energy efficiency methods and green technologies, including solar and geothermal. In addition, the structure will be built with green materials and be designed to reduce the development’s carbon footprint, all while providing specialized memory loss care. Primary Funding: $9.7 million in ARRA Dollars and $5.1 million in leveraged funding, including $872,234 in MPHA funds.

3. Make significant "Green Initiative" energy improvements to reduce energy and water consumption by replacing outdated systems at 733 MPHA properties. The improvements will enhance operational efficiencies of building systems and result in significant savings that will add to the long term preservation of housing resources, reduce the agency’s carbon footprint and save significant costs related to energy use and consumption. This initiative will benefit not only MPHA and its residents but also taxpayers. Primary Funding: $11.6 million in ARRA Dollars and $1.1 million in MPHA Central Office funds.

President Obama signed the $18.2 million earlier this year from these formula funds. An additional $1 billion in appropriations was more recently awarded through a national competition, including the $31.8 million described above.

ABOUT MPHA:
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) owns and manages 5,875 public housing rental units throughout the city including 41 high-rise apartment buildings, 753 scattered-site (single-family) homes and 184 town home units in the Glendale community near the University of Minnesota. The agency administers approximately 5,000 Section 8/HCV rental assistance vouchers, and operates two home ownership programs for both public housing and Section 8 program residents. The federal government rates MPHA’s public housing and Section 8/HCV programs both as national "High Performers" for overall operational performance. The nine-member board of commissioners is appointed by the mayor and city council and the Executive Director is Cora McCorvey. For more information, please visit: www.mphaonline.com

Sept. 30, 2009

Published Sep 30, 2009