There are two new assistance programs available in Minneapolis for home
buyers and home owners, but act fast because they are limited in
availability and funds.
First, Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis is offering home
buyers in North Minneapolis a $5,000 forgivable loan towards the down payment of a home if a purchase agreement is signed by May 31 and the
sale is closed by August 15. If the new owner lives in the home for 5
years, the interest-free loan will be forgiven. There are no income
restrictions for qualifying. Loan funds for this program are limited to
$100,000, so when it's gone, it's gone!
Second, homeowners and buyers in foreclosure-impacted neighborhoods
of Minneapolis can apply to the City’s Rehab Support Program. It has a fund of $750,000 with which to finance to complete improvements, potentially increasing the home’s market value. The pilot program offers loans of up to $20,000 at zero-percent interest. Funding the City
received from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency will be matched
dollar for dollar by the homeowner from any other source they choose.
Approximately 50 loans will be available through this program. The
program is available to qualified homeowners and buyers in neighborhoods
where 10 percent of the housing stock is in foreclosure. Eligible
neighborhoods are: Shingle Creek, Lind-Bohanon, Webber-Camden,
Cleveland, Folwell, McKinley, Jordan, Hawthorne, Willard-Hay, Harrison
and Near North on the city’s Northside and Central and Bryant
neighborhoods on the Southside. Check out the City of Minneapolis
website to view further restrictions.
If you're a home owner or home buyer that fits these qualifications
in Minneapolis, it could be worth looking into these programs.