Housing Trust Fund

The Housing Trust Fund was developed by Mayor Melvin Carter to produce, preserve, and protect housing affordability for Saint Paul residents. The fund serves as a flexible financial tool used to address the current crisis of housing affordability in Saint Paul.

Current issues facing the Saint Paul housing market include increasing costs of labor and materials limiting new construction, housing costs rising at a quicker pace than average incomes, and significant racial disparities in homeownership.

Strategies

The Housing Trust Fund strategy identifies five key objectives to address housing issues. The strategy builds upon the findings of the Saint Paul Fair Housing Working Group and community engagement during the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan process as well as Mayor Carter’s Voices of Our Community and Imagine Our City listening sessions. 

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Programs

4(d) Affordable Housing Incentive Program
The 4(d) Affordable Housing Incentive Program offers a package of incentives for rental property owners to reduce property tax liability and address the condition of aging buildings, all with the goal of preserving affordable, quality, stable homes for tenants.

Applications for the 4(d) Affordable Housing Incentive Program are currently closed.

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Community Land Trust Financing
The City of Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has assigned funding for community land trusts to provide new pathways to homeownership for low-income households designed to stay affordable. Financing can be used by community land trusts and/or real estate development partners for property acquisition, development gap financing, long-term affordability gap financing and closing cost assistance.

Applications for Community Land Trust Financing are currently closed.

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Quarterly Updates and Legislative Actions

Date Host Documents
August 28, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority

SR 19-84 (Legistar): Housing Trust Fund Quarterly Update

August 28, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting Video

Housing Trust Fund Quarterly Update Presentation

Press Release

May 22, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority

RES 19-858 (Legistar): Resolution approving the guidelines for housing trust fund allocations supporting community land trusts and initial allocation

May 22, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting Video

Community Land Trust Board Report

May 8, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority

SR 19-31 (Legistar): Housing Trust Fund Quarterly Update

May 8, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting Video

Housing Trust Fund Quarterly Update Presentation

Press Release

February 13, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority

RES 19-273 (Legistar): Resolution approving guidelines and funding for the 2019 4(d) Affordable Housing Incentive program

February 13, 2019 Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting Video

4(d) Affordable Housing Incentive Program Board Report