All Programs & Services
For more information about each program, follow the link to each
The CDA has some accessible housing units
available in the Workforce, Senior and Scattered Site Housing Programs
and at Colleen Loney Manor. This page will also provide you with
a link to metro area accessible housing options.
serves persons with chronic and persistent mental illness. The
CDA administers the housing subsidy portion of this program which
is grant funded by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. The Dakota
County Social Services Department coordinates the support services
for the clients. Participants contribute 30% of their income toward
rent and the grant subsidizes the remainder. This program provides
a temporary subsidy that “bridges” the
gap between homelessness, treatment centers, institutional facilities
and permanent affordable housing.
Colleen Loney Manor is an 80-unit apartment building
located in West St. Paul that is designated for low- to moderate-income
who are 62 years of age and older, handicapped or disabled, near
elderly (50+) or single persons. Residents of Colleen Loney Manor
pay 30% of their income toward rent.
Grants are available in the cities of Lakeville and Northfield
for the rehabilitation of commercial properties. Funding for these
grants is provided through the federal Community Development Block
CDA owns and manages commercial approx. 14,000 square feet space
in Lakeville and West St. Paul. The commercial space is part of
mixed-use developments that combine senior housing with ground
level commercial space.
Block Grant Program
The federal Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis
to Dakota County, which then distributes funds to participating
cities and townships. This program was established to develop
viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable
living environment. CDBG funding expands economic opportunities
for low- and moderate-income persons and eliminates slum/blight
Downpayment Assistance Program
Homebuyers accessing the First Time Homebuyer Program can also apply for downpayment assistance loans of up to $10,000, depending on household income.
Through the Economic Development Program, the CDA has served as
the issuer of Industrial Revenue Bonds, submitted grant applications
on behalf of cities for redevelopment projects and has established
numerous TIF Districts including two redevelopment districts in
West St. Paul. Staff assistance includes the acquisition of property
and related relocation requirements.
Energy Assistance Program
The Energy Assistance Program is administered by the Scott-Carver-Dakota
CAP Agency. This program provides grants to help income qualified
homeowners pay their heating bills. For information or to request
an application for the Energy Assistance Program, please contact
the CAP Agency at (651) 322-3500.
Family Self Sufficiency
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program was established by the CDA
to promote economic self-sufficiency among participating families.
This program is aimed at coordinating and providing private and
public sector support services necessary to enable larger families
to achieve self-sufficiency goals. The CDA offers this program
to participants of the Housing Choice Voucher Program as an opportunity
to build an escrow savings account to be used by the family for
a downpayment for a home, reliable transportation, repayment of
student loans, etc.
Workforce Housing Program
The Workforce Housing Program provides low- and moderate-income
families with affordable rental housing. The Dakota County CDA manages a portfolio of 20 workforce townhome develoment (670 units) located throughout the county.
Family Unification Program
The Family Unification Program is designed to increase housing resources of child welfare families to prevent separation of children from their parents because of inadequate housing, to east the transition to adulthood for youth aging out of foster care, and to facilitate and expedite access to housing and supportive services through agency collaboration.
for Housing Developers
The CDA has several financing tools
available to assist in the development and preservation of affordable
housing including the Housing Opportunities Enhancement (HOPE)
Program, 501c3 Bonds for Residential Rental Housing, Low Income
Housing Tax Credits, Qualified Residential Rental Revenue Bonds,
Tax Increment Financing and Home Investment Partnership Program
First Time Homebuyer Program
In the market for your first home? Whether you are buying an existing home or building a new one, the First Time Homebuyer Program from the Dakota County CDA provides a financial resource to make your purchase successful.
Home Improvement Loan Program
The Home Improvement Loan Program assists low- and moderate-income
homeowners with making repairs and improvements to their homes.
Funds are commonly used for roof replacement, furnace replacement,
electrical and plumbing repairs, insulation and special needs improvements
(such as ramps, bathroom and kitchen modifications).
Created in 1990, the Home Investment
Partnership (HOME) Program is a flexible federal grant program
that gives participating jurisdictions the ability to decide
how the funds will be used to provide affordable housing for
persons at or below 80 percent of median income. Similar to the
CDBG Program, HOME is allocated on a formula basis. Eligible
activities under HOME include new construction of affordable
units, rehabilitation of owner and rental properties, homebuyer
assistance, rent assistance and acquisition.
The Dakota County CDA's Homeownership Connection programs and services provide resources for homebuyers and homeowners to be successful. Programs include: Give Yourself Credit!, Downpayment Assistance, Home Stretch(R) Homebuyer Education, Pre-Purchase Counseling, Silver Lining Loans, Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention, Home Improvement Loans and Weatherization Grants.
Home Stretch® Homebuyer Education
The Home Stretch Program teaches potential homebuyers about the
entire homebuying process and the responsibilities of homeownership.
Topics covered in these monthly seminars include: Budgeting and
Credit Issues, Financing and Qualifying for a Home, Shopping for
a Home, The Purchase Process, Closing on a Home and Life as a Homeowner.
Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher
Program (also known as Section 8) utilizes the existing private
rental market in Dakota County to provide decent, safe and sanitary
housing opportunities for low-income families, elderly, handicapped
and disabled persons at an affordable cost. The CDA administers
this federal program for all of Dakota County except South St.
Paul (the South St. Paul HRA administers the program for that
city). The CDA assists over 2,200 families and individuals through
Lincoln Place - Youth Supportive Housing
Lincoln Place provides 24 units of affordable housing with supportive services for youth ages 18-25. The building is located in Eagan.
Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program
The Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program is designed to help
homeowners keep their home, establish financial stability and learn
strategies to avoid similar situations in the future. The CDA provides
free counseling assistance to help homeowners who are in or nearing
foreclosure with referrals to additional resources and, in some
cases, financial assistance.
The Pre-Purchase Counseling Program provides free
individual counseling to Dakota County homebuyers and can be
accessed anytime during the homebuying process, whether you are
buying a home now or in the future.
Project Based Assistance
The Project Based Assistance (PBA) Program provides low-income
households with monthly rental assistance for specific rental units
located at Hidden Ponds Townhomes in Apple Valley, Grande Market
Place in Burnsville and Cedar Villas Townhomes in Eagan. These
units are privately owned rental units.
The CDA’s Redevelopment Program provides staff
expertise to cities for redevelopment activities. Projects have
ranged from the acquisition of affordable housing sites to the
redevelopment of commercial sites on behalf of cities. Staff
assistance includes acquisition, relocation, demolition and environmental
Redevelopment Incentive Grant Program
The Dakota County CDA created this locally funded grant program in 2006 to assist cities with redevelopment goals and promote the development of affordable workforce and supportive housing. Annually, cities can apply for grants of up to $250,000 per project or $15,000 for redevelopment planning.
Rental Assistance Programs
The CDA administers local, state and federal rental assistance
programs for low- and moderate-income households. The largest program
is the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Scattered Site Public
The Scattered Site Public
Housing Program provides affordable housing to families with
low- and moderate-incomes. The CDA owns and manages 242
single family homes, duplexes, fourplexes and townhomes located
throughout Dakota County. Residents of scattered site housing
pay 30% of their income toward rent.
The Senior Housing Program provides affordable, independent living rental housing for seniors age 55+. The Dakota County CDA has a portfolio of 26 senior buildings (1,543 units) located throughout the county.
Shelter Plus Care provides rent assistance, in connection with
supportive services, to homeless persons with disabilities. The
program is a collaborative effort between the Dakota County CDA and the Dakota County Community
Split Visions Remodeling Planbook
This planbook provides ideas for remodeling, improving and updating
The Weatherization Program is administered as a joint effort between
the CAP Agency and the Dakota County CDA. The program provides income qualified
homeowners a grant to help make their home more energy efficient.
Grant funds are used to insulate attics or walls or to upgrade