Minneapolis plans to use HUD grant for racial equity in healthy housing

February 23, 2022

Grant program for making 120 homes safer from lead, pests

The Minneapolis City Council has accepted a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to improve housing conditions for families with moderate and low incomes. The work on 120 homes will address 29 different hazards in the whole home including getting rid of lead paint, cockroaches, mice and asthma triggers; adding handrails and radon mitigation systems; and weatherizing.

“Nobody should have to worry about their loved ones getting sick from their own home,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Safe housing is foundational to public health and better outcomes in quality of life, education, and employment. This new funding will build on the good work our local government has already undertaken and help us focus future efforts in majority BIPOC neighborhoods, which have disproportionately borne the brunt of childhood lead poisoning.”

“This grant will allow us to make critical repairs and improvements in at least 120 homes in neighborhoods that are both disproportionately impacted and traditionally marginalized,” said Minneapolis Interim Health Commissioner Heidi Ritchie. “Our Lead and Healthy Homes team has recognized that COVID has dramatically increased the amount of time people spend in their homes, making it more important than ever to make homes safe for children and families in our community.”

Health is linked to hazards in homes that can cause real harm. Families do not choose to live in poor-quality housing but may not have the financial resources to repair the home they own or choose different rental housing. This grant will provide funds for homeowners and rental property owners to make essential repairs for a healthier city.

Eligibility

  • This grant is focused on the Near North and Powderhorn communities but can serve other areas of Minneapolis.
  • Based on homeowner or tenant income: must be 80% or less of area median income.

Homeowners and rental property owners can call 311 or email Health@Minneapolismn.gov for more information.

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