Small Cities Development Program (SCDP)

Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, Inc. administers the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) which provides funding assistance for low to moderate-income homeowners (below 80% of area median income) to complete needed repairs to their homes in a specifically designated area of the community. SCDP funding typically covers 85-90% of construction costs up to $25,000. The loan terms are 0% interest, seven-year forgivable loans.

The Small Cities Development Program is overseen by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This federally funded program provides financing for owner-occupied rehabilitation, rental property rehabilitation, and commercial rehabilitation. The types of funding available in a specific community are determined by assessing a community’s needs and resident interest. Central Minnesota Housing Partnership works with cities to prepare and submit preliminary proposals and full applications through DEED’s competitive application and award process.

Features of the program include:

  • 0% deferred loans, forgivable loans, and low-interest loans for needed repairs

  • Favorable owner match funds requirements

  • Eligible homeowners may use SCDP funds for items such as roofing, gutters, siding, windows, doors, insulation, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and to address required lead paint remediation items

  • Eligible commercial owners may use SCDP funds for items such as roofing, siding/brickwork, doors, windows, insulation, awnings/signs, HVAC, mechanical systems, code issues, and accessibility modifications

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SCDP by County


Mora – Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Rental


Swanville – Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Rental, Commercial


Bertha Hewitt – Owner-Occupied 


Sebeka – Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Rental, Commercial

Wadena – Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Rental, Commercial


Buffalo – Owner-Occupied, Commercial

Select from the list below to see maps in the corresponding area.

For more information about the Small Cities Development Program, please call Dustin Switters at 320-258-0681