Mission: To improve the lives of Dakota County residents and enhance the economic vitality of communities through housing and community development.

Vision: To be a recognized leader in housing and community development by creatively meeting the needs of our stakeholders while maintaining a high level of financial performance.


  • Collaboration · Creating and maintaining dynamic partnerships with community stakeholders.
  • Innovation · Using creative ideas and strategies to address housing and community development needs.
  • Integrity · Demonstrating fairness and honesty while meeting the highest level of ethical conduct.
  • Quality · Maintaining excellence in the efficient, effective and responsive delivery of service.
  • Respect · Embracing the diversity of clients, staff and partners.

History: For over 40 years, the Dakota County CDA has been striving towards becoming a front-runner in affordable housing and community development. Our vision it to be an innovative leader, creating affordable housing opportunities and strengthening Dakota County communities. Because of the dedication of our staff and support of Dakota County, Dakota County cities and our partners, the CDA has grown into one of the largest housing and community development program providers in the mid-west administering over 30 different programs.

The CDA was established in 1971 as the Dakota County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, pursuant to special Minnesota Legislation. The agency received funding for our first program, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, in 1975.

In 1983, the CDA issued our first bonds for the First Time Homebuyer Program. Since that time, we have provided low-interest mortgage financing for thousands of homeowners purchasing their first home in Dakota County.

In 1984, our mission of providing community development opportunities grew. The CDA became an entitlement jurisdiction for the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG Program is administered by the CDA on behalf of Dakota County. CDBG allows local governments to establish programs or develop projects that benefit low- and moderate-income residents to prevent or eliminate blighted conditions. Over the last three decades, the CDA has administered over $40 million in CDBG funding to eliminate blighted conditions within our communities.

In the late 1980s, in partnership with Dakota County, the CDA embarked on a 10-year plan to locally finance and construct affordable housing for seniors. In 1996, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a second 10-year plan and in 2007 approved a third phase to construct and additional 10 buildings by 2016. Today, the CDA is constructing its 27th senior housing development, with the 28th following closely behind. Currently, our Senior Housing Program houses over 1,500 households throughout Dakota County.

In 1990, to add to our portfolio, the CDA developed the Workforce Housing Partnership Program. The program partners the CDA with a private corporation to fund the construction of workforce housing for moderate-income families. Since that time, the CDA has constructed 23 developments, with construction of the 24th underway. The Workforce Housing Program houses over 700 families providing them with safe and affordable townhome rental units throughout 10 Dakota County cities.

The CDA has been designated as a High Performer from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Scattered Site Public Housing Program. The agency has received numerous awards including the Blue Ribbon Best Practices Award for the overall achievement of affordable housing goals from the U.S. Department of HUD and award of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.