Inspiring Communities

The Inspiring Communities program is a scattered site housing redevelopment strategy that was approved by the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board on October 9, 2013 through Resolution 13-1592. This strategy was created after an extensive analysis of HRA owned property. Recommendations on the disposition of HRA property were approved on July 26, 2013 through Resolution 13-1097 and were presented to neighborhood stakeholders on August 1, 2013.

Inspiring Communities provides focused investment in cluster areas in neighborhoods most impacted by foreclosure and vacancy. The program funds assist developers with development gap financing for construction of new housing on vacant lots or rehabilitation of vacant structures.

Inspiring Communities Goals:

  • Utilize HRA property as a catalyst for neighborhood transformation
  • Construct or rehabilitate lots or buildings to create a variety of housing opportunities in focused cluster areas
  • Create job opportunities for local residents, Section 3 certified businesses, minority, women, or small businesses
  • Inspire innovative, sustainable design and construction methods

Developer Resources

The following sample documents may be useful to developers in preparing proposals or to whom projects have been awarded.

Green Communities Resources

Projects with CDBG funding require certification through Enterprise Green Communities, including 275 Bates, 208-210 Bates, and 216-218 Bates.

Inspiring Communities Development Compliance Documentation and Checklists

Inspiring Communities - In the News