We’re here to help industry stakeholders, too.

You work hard. We make it easier.

Whether you’re a lender, broker, real estate agent or social worker, by partnering with us you can take advantage of essential resources that empower Minnesota home buyers and homeowners.

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Housing Trends & Resources

The Minnesota Homeownership Center tracks and shares valuable information about affordable homeownership issues and other topics of interest to those working in the affordable housing arena

Homeownership Opportunity Alliance

The Homeownership Opportunity Alliance is a coalition of engaged industry leaders and organizations actively dedicated to closing Minnesota’s homeownership gap between white households and households of color. The goal of this coalition is to provide opportunities to collaboratively develop partnerships, programs, resources and best practices as a catalyst to systemic change.

Comprehensive Program Directories

The Minnesota Homeownership Center maintains comprehensive lists of affordable loan products and localized rehabilitation and repair loan/grant resources. We also offer a Down Payment Assistance tool (powered by Downpayment Assistance Resource) which identifies the various programs a first-time homebuyer may qualify for based on their unique personal circumstances.

Home Stretch Manual Order Page

Certified Home Stretch workshop providers may order Home Stretch manuals online and pay via credit card or PayPal. A paper form is available for payment by check. Please note the Home Stretch manual is only available to certified Home Stretch workshop providers.

Preforeclosure Notice Requirements

For lenders and attorneys. The Center maintains a database of contact information for approved foreclosure prevention counseling agencies available to lenders, servicers and foreclosure attorneys for use in complying with Minnesota State law (MN Statute 580.021). Preforeclosure Notice contact information is available electronically by contacting the Center by email: [email protected]

Common Questions

Q:How can I become involved with the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance’s work?

There are many ways for organizations across the spectrum of the homeownership industry to actively participate in the Alliance’s work. Be sure to follow the Alliance’s Facebook page. For information on joining the Alliance as a coalition member, please contact the Homeownership Center’s Executive Director, Julie Gugin, at (651) 236-8973.

Q:Can you post my open staff positions on the Center’s website?

While we no longer post open positions on our website, we are happy to share your social media posts on open positions on the Center’s Facebook page. Contact Bill Gray for more information.

Q: Can you help me market my agency’s homeownership education and advising services?

From time to time, the Center offers co-branded marketing materials that may be of use to you in your local community. Contact Bill Gray for more information.

Q: How can I become a certified Home Stretch workshop provider?

Home Stretch workshop providers are recipients of Homeownership Education, Counseling and Training (HECAT) grants administered by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. HECAT grants are awarded annually, with the application process occurring each spring. For more information, see Minnesota Housing’s HECAT web page.

The overall program was perfect! I never purchased a house before, and it was overwhelming. The program gave me insight and took the fear out of the unknown.