Hennepin County will convert two hotels into permanent affordable housing. The board allocated $5 million on Tuesday to acquire the properties and rehabilitate them.
It’s anticipated that the new housing will open in late 2022 or early 2023. The units will be affordable to households earning under 30% area median income.
This is part of the county’s larger $46 million affordable housing investment to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hennepin County is focusing on housing in communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
$3 million for healthy, culturally appropriate food distribution
Hennepin County is designating an additional $3 million to organizations that distribute perishable, nonperishable, and culturally appropriate food.
Families and community partners continue to face hardships due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and inflation.
In 2020 and 2021, Hennepin County directed $5.8 million to support food security.