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Free Home Rehab Program-Apply Today!

Construction season is here and with supply chain issues on the mend, there is no better time to start a rehab project with the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA). After years of slow moving and hard to navigate construction, SEMMCHRA has a wide selection of programs for homeowners to access. Funds are limited and are on a first come first served basis – contact to apply today.

If you live in the cities of Pine Island, Dennison, Goodhue, Goodview, Kasson, St. Charles, Mazeppa, Rollingstone, Altura, or Cannon Falls you may be eligible for up to $25,000 of free rehab work on your home. Housing rehab work is restricted to households at 80% of the area median, roughly $65,000 for two people, and adjusts by county and household size, call for more information. Work can include new roofing, windows, electrical, and exterior doors; updates to make your home more energy efficient such as a modern furnace or water heater; or you can make your home more accessible with installation of grab handles, ramps, or a first-floor bathroom.

To get started contact Patrick or Sara at (651)565-2638 ext. 213 (Patrick) and ext. 221 (Sara) or pmichener@semmchra.org or sara.fuher@semmchra.org, or visit our website at semmchra.org.

Financing for the project is structured as a multi-year loan with zero percent interest and no accrued costs to the homeowner. The loan is forgiven and functions as a grant upon maturity.

The goal of this program is to preserve housing stock, enable adults to age in place, and ensure safe, affordable housing for all.

This is an equal housing opportunity program

Income Limit by County and Household Size (80% AMI)
Family Size Goodhue Winona Wabasha Dodge
1 59,750 55,000 55,250 65,650
2 68,300 62,850 63,150 75,000
3 76,850 70,700 71,050 84,400
4 85,350 78,550 78,900 93,750
5 92,200 84,850 85,250 101,250
6 99,050 91,150 91,550 108,750
May 9th, 2024|Categories: News|

SEMMCHRA IS STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GRANT WRITING SERVICES TO ASSIST COMMUNITIES IN BRINGING HOME HISTORIC STATE HOUSING INVESTMENT

SEMMCHRA has funds available to assist certain Goodhue, Wabasha, and Winona County communities in applying for funding in housing. Eligibility has been expanded to include other housing programs in addition to MHFA funds. Capacity is often the prohibiting factor in applying for funding. Therefore, this grant opportunity is designed to assist local communities in addressing staffing and financial issues associated with applying for affordable housing funding.

Eligible applicants must be a local government, nonprofit, landlord or developer in addition to meeting other requirements. The application and a full list of requirements, can be found online at https://www.semmchra.org/community-development/

This is an equal housing opportunity program

April 30th, 2024|Categories: News|

SEMMCHRA LAUNCHES APPLICATION FOR GRANT WRITING SERVICES TO ASSIST COMMUNITIES IN BRINGING HOME HISTORIC STATE HOUSING INVESTMENT

As part of the “Bring It Home” imitative, SEMMCHRA is now accepting applications to assist certain Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona County communities in applying for the historic State funding in housing.  Capacity is often the prohibiting factor in applying for funding.  This grant opportunity is designed to assist the local communities in addressing the staffing and financial issues.

Eligible applicants must be a local government, nonprofit, landlord or developer in addition to meeting other requirements. The application and a full list of requirements, can be found online at www.semmchra.org/community-development/

We ask members of the public to contact their local government, contractors, or favorite nonprofit and encourage them to apply for these funds. Applications close March 8, 2024. This is an equal housing opportunity program.

February 9th, 2024|Categories: News|

Goodhue County Announce ‘Bring It Home’ Initiative

Goodhue County is home to a strong groundbreaking history and we know within our County are the skills, tools, and expertise to bring affordable housing options back to the area. Such is why Goodhue County is now accepting applications for the use of trust funds and statewide affordable housing aid (SAHA) to assist in building, preserving, and establishing affordable housing options within the County.
In 2018, Goodhue County established the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) through our partner Southern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA). The Trust is dedicated to preserving and creating affordable housing opportunities for households with lower incomes. Over $650,000 of funds are available from the trust fund or statewide affordable housing aid for these affordable housing projects.
To apply to use these funds, the applicant must be a local government, nonprofit, landlord or developer in addition to other requirements. To apply and see a full list of requirements, please visit www.semmchra.org/community-development/
We ask members of the public to contact their local government, contractors, or favorite nonprofit and encourage them to apply for these funds. Applications close April 1st, 2024. This is an equal housing opportunity program.

February 6th, 2024|Categories: News|

SEMMCHRA Launches “Bring It Home” initiative to Garner State’s $1.3 Billion Housing Investment

In partnership with the counties of Goodhue, Wabasha, and Winona, the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) announced the “Bring It Home” initiative to assist in the process of seeking the State’s $1.3 billion housing investment.  Through the participating county’s investment of local tax funds and statewide affordable housing aid allocations, SEMMCHRA will be helping to facilitate the process of assisting communities and organizations advocate for themselves through the upcoming grant process.  A list of the State’s current and upcoming grant funding opportunities can be found at Agency Planning for Funds (mnhousing.gov).

SEMMCHRA staff will be reaching out to local units of government and non-profits located within those counties to help inform them of upcoming funding streams that may be related to their current or future plans to create and/or preserve affordable housing opportunities within their communities.

SEMMCHRA will start accepting applications for grant writing and leverage funds for applicable projects through the State’s programs starting in February or as funds are available. This open pipeline concept for funding includes requests for grant writing services that would be needed to apply for the State’s $1.3 billion programs. Additional funds may also be awarded through the respective local county affordable housing trust fund to be used as leverage within the formal project grant application. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to self-administer the grant or contract services for the administration of the grant. Awards are based on impact, available funding and on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on the upcoming applications, please watch the SEMMCHRA website at https://www.semmchra.org/community-development/  or contact the Administration Department at 651-565-2638 ext. 201. This is an equal housing opportunity program.

January 31st, 2024|Categories: News|

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA Waiting List is Closed

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA

Waiting List is Closed

Beginning February 15, 2024, and until further notice, the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA will stop accepting applications for its Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance program.  The PHA will not accept any applications received after 11:59 PM on February 14, 2024.

All applications received prior to February 15th will be processed according to the PHA’s approved policies.  The policies include preferences for those who live, work or attend school in the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA jurisdiction, elderly, disabled, families with children, homeless, victim of domestic abuse and for veterans, or active military service member.

The Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA will announce in advance when the waiting list will reopen for new applications.

January 22nd, 2024|Categories: News|

Notice of Public Hearing-PHA ACOP and Admin Plan

A public hearing will be conducted by the Board of the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) in Wabasha, Minnesota, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at approximately 10:05 am at the SEMMCHRA office located at 134 2nd Street East, Wabasha MN and via GoTo Meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to review SEMMCHRA’s Admission and Continued Occupancy Policies (ACOP) for Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan.

To view the ACOP click HERE

To view the HCV Admin Plan click HERE

November 30th, 2023|Categories: News|