MN DEED awards Small Cities Grant to Winona


$296,349 in resources awarded to the city of Winona for home rehabilitation loans


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded 35 grants totaling more than $19 million for rehabilitation and infrastructure projects in Greater Minnesota through its Small Cities Development Program.

The Small Cities Development Program is part of the Community Development Block Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is funded by Congress. The program helps pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

The city of Winona has been awarded $296,349 to preserve owner-occupied homes through the Small Cities Development Program. Winona homeowners can take advantage of these funds through the city of Winona East-Central Neighborhood Rehabilitation Program. These funds are to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners residing in two areas of the city in financing home rehabilitation improvements.

These two areas include an eight-block area from Hamilton Street to Laird Street and Front Street to Fifth Street as well as a 16-block area from Hamilton Street to Liberty Street and Fifth Street to King Street.

“The East-Central Neighborhood Rehabilitation Program is a wonderful way for homeowners to obtain financing to improve energy efficiency by adding insulation and replacing outdated windows and doors, along with updating mechanical systems,” said community development specialist Nick Larson. “The funding can also be used to address lead paint hazards, replace siding and roofing, and make accessibility improvements so homeowners can age in place.”

The city of Winona is hosting public informational meetings to explain the program and answer questions regarding the East-Central Neighborhood Rehabilitation Program on Tuesday, January 15, on the third floor of city hall, 207 Lafayette Street, at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

All interested low- to moderate-income owner-occupied households, including women, minorities, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities interested in participating in the East-Central Neighborhood Rehabilitation Program are highly encouraged to attend one of the informational meetings.

The city of Winona will begin accepting applicants on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday, January 18, 2019, beginning at 8 a.m. To sign up, homeowners may call 507-457-8250 or 507-457-8231, email, or go to city hall, room 210, 207 Lafayette Street. Applicants will not be accepted prior to Friday, January 18, at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Nick Larson at 507-457-8251 or email to


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