BEMIDJI - A $10,000 grant to revitalize core Bemidji neighborhoods was recently awarded to the Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC). The grant will be invested in available city lots for the development of new affordable housing.
Through a planning process funded by the grant, foreclosed and/or vacant properties that are not practical for rehabilitation will be purchased and demolished so lots can be made ready for redevelopment. HRDC will partner with other organizations to build homes on each lot.
The grant was made through Minnesota Housing Partnership's Sustainable Community Engagement Fund. The fund promotes community efforts to build housing development capacity and integrate affordable housing with transportation, jobs, schools and family services.
"With funding now in place, the HRDC will be able to create an effective strategy to improve neighborhoods by removing severely deficient structures and replacing them with new affordable family homes," said Aaron Chirpich of the HRDC.
The MHP, a statewide nonprofit, advances the preservation and creation of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income people as a means of strengthening communities and families.
The organization also advocates for and educates people on sound housing policies. MHP's work in greater Minnesota is primarily supported by The McKnight Foundation and Minnesota Housing.