- Created: Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:30
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
For the fifth consecutive year, the Minnesota Housing Partnership is among a small, select groups of organizations nationwide awarded a grant through the federal Rural Capacity Building (RCB) program. The $816,455 grant for 2016 adds to millions of dollars invested in MHP to build the capacity of rural leaders to solve housing and community development issues in their communities.
The RCB award will fund MHP’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program, which gives leaders the tools and knowledge they need to identify and address regional development needs through strategic collaboration. According to MHP Community Development Director Rosemary Fagrelius, SRC is all about empowering rural communities to address development challenges head on. SRC positions key local entities as the go-to organizations for housing and development needs in their region.
"What excites me most about the Strengthening Rural Communities program is the fact that I’ve seen how, for many rural communities, this funding provides the opportunity to build their own internal capacity," Fagrelius said. "This program empowers communities to address the challenges they face by giving them the tools and skills they need to collaborate with developers and take a regional approach to community development."