CARVER COUNTY

Twin Cities Fair Housing Implementation Council RFP

The Fair Housing Implementation Council (FHIC) is inviting proposals from qualified bidders to produce an Addendum to the FHIC’s 2014 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The Addendum will specifically address housing discrimination, barriers to housing choice, and the conditions of segregation and integration in the seven-county area that includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

The Addendum shall assess the extent to which the following policies and practices and any others, create barriers to housing choice, and reinforce or perpetuate racial and/or national origin segregation throughout the region:

  1. Policies and regulatory tools (including zoning ordinances and local land use policies);
  2. Affordable housing funding programs (including, but not limited to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC), federal block grant funds, state and municipal bonding programs);
  3. Policies related to the administration of federal Section 8 and public housing programs, and other affordable housing with public sector ownership interests.
  4. Housing-related activities and policies affecting affordable housing; and
  5. Siting selection policies and practices.

The selected consultant will be asked to consider and address comments received from the Regional Analysis of Impediments Advisory Committee (“RAI Advisory Committee”) housing and civil rights advocates, developers, and other community members and organizations.  The consultant will be expected to work with the HUD Technical Assistance Partner (Minnesota Housing Partnership), the RAI Advisory Committee, and FHIC contributing members to present data and analysis in a coherent and readily understood manner.

The full RFP and attachments can be found on the Ramsey County website:

https://www.ramseycounty.us/fairhousingRFP

Carver County CDA and Scott County CDA sponsor Fair Housing Training for Service Providers

On July 20, 2016, Carver County CDA and Scott County CDA co-sponsored a fair housing training for service providers. The event was held at the Carver County Government Center and the goal was to educate service providers on fair housing. See attached event flyer here for more information.

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ATTENTION: Carver County one bedroom waiting list to open July 25th

The Carver County CDA will begin accepting pre-applications for its one (1) bedroom waiting list under the Public Housing Program beginning Monday, July 25, 2016, until further notice.

Please click here to view a copy of the notice with more details

Multilingual Video Program Tackles Fair Housing Basics for New Minnesotans

Saint Paul, Minnesota – April 5, 2016 – Finding safe, affordable rental housing can be a challenge for new arrivals to Minnesota, especially for immigrants and refugees dealing with language and cultural barriers. Many don’t know their rights as tenants, or their responsibilities.

To help new Minnesotans understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) program “ECHO” produced a short video in five languages, covering the basics of tenant and landlord rights and obligations. The program “A Good, Safe Place to Live” is available in these languages: Hmong, Karen, Somali, Spanish and basic English.

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The CDA says goodbye to long time board member

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Long-time board member Mike Schacterle (center) receives recognition for his years of service.

The CDA would like to thank Mike Schacterle for his long time service to our organization. Mike attended his last board meeting in December of 2015. During his tenure on our board, Mike served as both Vice-Chair and Chair and oversaw our many accomplishments as an agency. His dedication to advancing the mission of the CDA will always be greatly appreciated. We wish Mike well in all his future endeavors.

Carver County announces new financing tool for energy efficiency & renewable energy improvements

PACE financing eliminates up-front costs and is repaid through tax assessments

Carver County, MN – Interest in energy efficiency for buildings and adding renewable energy like solar has been growing in recent years in Carver County. A new financing tool called Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, will now help adoption of these energy technologies grow even faster.

Newly available to businesses, farms, multi-family housing, nonprofits, and places of worship in Carver County, PACE provides project financing that is repaid as a separate item on property tax assessments for a set period. In this way, PACE eliminates the burden of upfront costs by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

Examples of potential building improvements that can be financed with PACE are solar arrays, HVAC upgrades, LED lighting, condensing boilers, digital controls, insulation, variable-frequency drive motors, building automation systems, and other water and energy conservation measures.

Carver County signed a joint powers agreement with the Saint Paul Port Authority on date authorizing the new PACE program. The Saint Paul Port Authority provides the PACE funding and administers all aspects of the program. Carver County places the assessment on the property, collects payments each year, and passes money back to the Port Authority.

If people want to learn more about PACE and take action, the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) have an extensive resource page with program details and applications, factsheets, success stories, and frequently asked questions at http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/pace.

Carver County CDA’s Housing Forum brings community partners together

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Donna Hanbery, Hanbery & Turner

Friday, January 8th was a beautiful, snowy morning and a great day to be at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This was the site of Carver County CDA’s 2016 Housing Forum. Participants were greeted by the beautiful site and a warm breakfast as they listened to the latest information on housing issues that impact Carver County.

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Terri Smith, Metro HRA

The audience was comprised of landlords, elected officials, city staff and other interested community partners. The information presented covered a broad scope of interest. Speakers and topics covered included:

  • Terri Smith, the Manager of the Metropolitan Council HRA, who explained the Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director of MICAH, presented a segment titled “Housing Opportunities for All: Strengthens Our Communities”
  • Donna Hanbery, Managing Partner of Hanbery and Turner, put into plain words the issues surrounding fair housing and its effects on landlords and communities
  • Tim Thompson, the President of the Housing Justice Center (HJC), introduced the Minnesota Challenge Project
  • Chip Halbach, founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Housing Partnership, explained the Home Grown Initiative, an innovative idea for funding the creation of affordable housing
  • And lastly, Allison Streich, Deputy Director for the Caver County CDA, presented CDA Housing Opportunities & Special Programs
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Tim Thompson, Housing Justice Center

Ms. Streich ended the morning by thanking the attendees and presenters and reiterated the CDA’s continued partnership in furthering the mission of affordable housing opportunities for all residents of Carver County.

For more information on the Housing Forum topics or presenters, please contact Brenda Lano at 952-556-2782 or at brendal@carvercda.org

Carver County CDA Toys for Tots Drive a Success

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During the holiday season the Carver County CDA embraces our mission of providing for those less fortunate in the community. This season’s goal was to brighten each child’s holiday and promote a message of hope. To accomplish this, we held a toy drive among CDA staff for the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Staff collected hundreds of dollars worth of toys to be donated over the course of the holiday season. We are proud of our staff’s commitment to service this past year, and aim to provide the same level of commitment for many years to come.

Lifecore Biomedical Expanding in Chaska

Company will invest $18 million, add 68 jobs

ST. PAUL – Biomaterials manufacturing firm Lifecore Biomedical will invest $18 million and create 68 jobs in an expansion of its facilities in Chaska.

The company said it plans to expand an existing facility at 3515 Lyman Blvd. by 25,000 square feet to create room for a medical manufacturing cleanroom and quality control laboratory. The new jobs, which will be created within three years, will pay an average hourly wage of $27.17.

“Congratulations to Lifecore Biomedical on their expansion and continued success. Great companies like Lifecore are strengthening Minnesota’s already robust bioscience industry,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. “Minnesota’s Job Creation Fund is showing how business and government can work together to support jobs and economic growth.”

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is assisting the expansion with $834,000 from the Job Creation Fund. The company will receive the funding once it meets investment and hiring commitments.

“Lifecore Biomedical’s medical products have improved the lives of millions of people around the world,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “DEED’s investment will help the company build on its success and bring high-paying jobs to Chaska.”

Lifecore Biomedical, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Landec Corporation, was founded in 1965 and manufactures hyaluronan and other biomaterials into finished aseptically filled dose products for various medical applications, including ophthamology, orthopedics, oncology and veterinary markets. The company’s products have improved the lives of over 50 million patients worldwide.

Lifecore President Larry Hiebert stated, “We are excited about the continued growth of our business within the Chaska community, which started over 25 years ago, and are greatly honored by the support from DEED.”

The Job Creation Fund, which was first proposed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2013, is a pay-for-performance program that provides funding to businesses after they meet certain criteria, including minimum requirements for job creation and private investments. Under the program, businesses must create at least 10 full-time jobs and invest at least $500,000 to be eligible for financial assistance.

Since the Job Creation Fund was launched in January 2014, DEED has awarded $20.3 million to 39 companies in Minnesota. Those companies have committed to creating 2,292 full-time jobs and plan to invest $403 million to expand.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at http://mn.gov/deed. We’re on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mndeed.

Carver Crossing to open in summer of 2016

Construction has begun on a workforce housing project in the City of Carver. The 68-apartment complex which is being built by Ron Clark Construction and Design is slated to open in the summer of 2016. This project will have rents below market rate and tenant household income will be limited to 60 percent of area median income. Amenities included in the rent are: full-size washer/dryer, fitness center, community room, heated underground parking and a playground.

Artist rendering of Carver Crossings project to be completed in 2016

Artist rendering of Carver Crossings project to be completed in 2016

The complex is conveniently located next to Southwest Transit Park and Ride “Carver Station”. Those interested in renting when the building is completed can get their name on a wait list by emailing their name, phone number and email address to carvercrossings@steven-scott.com.

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