Racially restrictive covenants have long been illegal, but supporters of the project say acknowledging past wrongs is the first step toward reversing Minnesota’s homeownership and wealth gaps, which are among the worst in the nation.
Over the years, county officials said there are a number of examples of the county — acting as the township government for the First Assessment District, more commonly known as Unorganized Territory — refusing requests from residents to take over maintenance of private roads because they didn’t conform to standards expected by the highway department.
The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants who are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as 1% with a subsidy.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards.
The decision to send the matter back to the Planning Commission came after commissioners met in closed session Tuesday to discuss the pending litigation, first initiated in October. The resolution notes the county received new information about developer B-Dirt Construction’s compliance with requirements relevant to the approvals, prompting the reconsideration.
During January, Radon Action Month, the Minnesota Department of Health is making a special push to urge everyone to test their home for radon. Common misconceptions may be undermining testing, leading to lung cancer, state health department reports