Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority questioned a Habitat for Humanity policy last September and now are approving $247,804 to be reallocated for federal affordable housing. The housing authority tabled the request from Habitat for Humanity to find a scattered sites, single-family home ownership program from the proposed 2014 Twin Cities Habitat’s Huset Park townhomes development, but it was cancelled after the proposal was rejected by the Columbia Heights City Council. There were some issues and here is a look at what happened.
One of the concerns of the proposal was that the president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Susan Haigh, is also the Metropolitan Council chairperson which made for a conflict of interest. Another issue is that Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority members said that Habitat’s goals to work on low and moderate-income level housing contradicts their goal for affordable housing.
The request was almost denied in September but the County Commissioner Scott Schulte offered a motion to get Habitat to provide more information on their intentions. On October 14th Habitat explained the project further and even provided a letter to the HRA on October 13th detailing how the project is going to meet the needs of the community.
Habitat wants to partner with Anoka County to make the community’s needs happen by developing scattered sites, new construction homes. The agency feels their scattered sites proposal is a great project despite the concerns of the HRA. Even Schulte believes that Habitat for Humanity is on the right track with their project proposal. The HRA plans to write a letter to Habitat explaining their concerns about the conflicts of interest.
The money would be funding housing for two or three properties but they’re not sure which locations yet. The HRA did approve a federal grant for three projects including the city of Centerville for the 2013 water main residential hook-up project, city of East Bethel for the 2014 septic sewer system replacement and Anoka County Community Action Program’s manufactured home revitalization program.
Kris Lindahl Real Estate