Employer Assisted Housing

Greater Minnesota Housing Problem: Too Much Risk

Private developers prefer to build in the Twin Cities and other large communities. They see higher risks in greater Minnesota, largely because many of the areas short of housing rely on one or two major employers. If one closes to cuts back, it may be hard or impossible to collect enough rent to make a profit… Read more

Perham

Perham business leaders tackling local housing needs themselves

In 2007, a group of Perham business owners and corporate executive got together to talk about housing. They faced similar issues. Each had a desire to grow their businesses by hiring more workers and expanding their reach, but a lack of available housing in and near Perham was holding them back. The problem was theirs… Read more

Employer-Assisted Housing Resource Guide

If you are an employer or a community leader interested in employer-assisted housing, this publication is meant for you. As a guide to both employers and community leaders, it provides a clear overview of practical EAH strategies that have created strong workforce housing programs throughout Minnesota. The guide provides several concrete program options, offers suggestions… Read more

Roseau County Workforce Housing Program

Both firms were expanding their workforces but there was inadequate housing available to accommodate the prospective employees, leading to new workers doubling up in hotel rooms and moving into homes designed for much smaller households. These pressures led to the formation of the Roseau County Workforce Housing Program and the new single-family and multi-family housing… Read more

Perham Employer Assisted Housing

The Perham Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) leveraged several funding sources to create an employer-assisted downpayment pool. The city contributed $100,000, local employers will provide up to $55,000, and GMHF has promised to match all employer contributions. GMHF sets a funding maximum of $2,500 per homebuyer purchasing a home in Perham. KLN Industries, a local… Read more

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