The Dakota County CDA created the Workforce Housing Program in 1990 in response to the rising need for affordable housing for Dakota County’s workforce.
The Workforce Housing Program is designed for moderate-income families with children under the age of 18 and provides affordable one-, two- or three-bedroom townhomes in nine of the major cities in Dakota County.
What are the income requirements?
Applicants must meet the following minimum income requirements:
1 bedroom applicants: $16,920
2 bedroom applicants: $19,176
3 bedroom applicants: $21,048
Minimum income requirements are as of June 2016. Income requirements are subject to change.
Applicants must also meet the following income limits:
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Income limits are as of May 2016. Income limits are subject to change.
Preference is given to applicants who currently live, work, are hired to work or go to school full-time in Dakota County and whose incomes are between the minimum and preference income limits for the program.
How much is rent?
Water, sewer and trash are included in workforce housing rents. Residents are responsible for electricity and gas utilities.
- One-bedroom: $630
- Two-bedroom: $710
- Three-bedroom: $775
Rents are as of January 2017 and are subject to change.
How do I apply?
First, fill out an application. Applications are available at the CDA office located at 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Applications must be filled out at the CDA office.
To accommodate those who are unable to apply during these hours, the CDA is open on the third Tuesday of each month until 7 p.m.
To complete the Workforce Housing Program application, you will need:
- Birth dates and Social Security Numbers for all members of the household
- Amount of annual (yearly) gross income for the household
- Name & address of Dakota County Employer or School, if applicant does not live in Dakota County
Applicants of the Workforce Housing Program must meet eligibility requirements prior to becoming a resident.
- Meeting program income guidelines
- Passing a criminal history check
- Providing good landlord references
Preference is given to applicants who currently live, work, are hired to work or go to school full-time in Dakota County and whose incomes are between the minimum and preference income limits for the program. Applicants must lawfully be in the United States.
What happens after I apply?
After you submit your completed Workforce Housing Program application to the CDA:
Step 1. The application is screened for initial eligibility.
Step 2. If you are eligible, you will receive a letter letting you know that your application has been processed and you are now on the Workforce Housing Program’s interest list.
Step 3. Once your name approaches the top of the interest list, you will receive a letter to call and schedule a briefing appointment.
Step 4. At your briefing appointment, you will verify your income, rental history, credit and criminal background check. Your application fee is due at this time.
Step 5. Your application will be approved or denied.
- If approved: you will be placed on the waiting list until a unit becomes available.
- If denied: you will be removed from the waiting list. You may apply again if your situation changes and you meet eligibility requirements.
Step 6. You are offered a unit when one becomes available.
How do I update my address, phone number or income?
Whether you’ve changed your address, household members or income, it’s important that you keep this information up to date to ensure you are contacted when a unit becomes available for you.
To update your address, household members or income:
- Print out the Workforce & Public Housing Change Form or call 651-675-4504 to request a paper copy of the form.
- Fill out the change form.
- Return the change form to the CDA.