Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund
The objective of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund Program is to remove blight, encourage home renovation and increase home values in the city. Low-interest loans of up to $40,000 are available to income-qualified households who earn no more than $146,000.
Read about a resident's experience with the Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund in the July 2020 City Update Special Report (PDF).
Eligible & Ineligible Improvements
- Eligible improvements include home renovation that remedies a code violation as well as exterior improvements such as new roofs, siding, windows or interior improvements that would increase the value of the home.
- Also eligible are any improvements that address health and safety, habitability, energy conservation or accessibility.
- Ineligible improvements include recreational improvements, working capital, payment for owner's labor, debt service or refinancing existing debts.
The City of Woodbury Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has made low-interest home improvement loans available; current available dollars for loans are based upon the fund balance for any given period. The maximum loan amount is $40,000. Minimum loan amount is $2,000.
Interest Rates & Mortgage
The interest rate will be below market rate, and the monthly payment will be fixed. Maximum loan term is 15 years. Loan is due upon sale, transfer of title, refinance or if the property ceases to be owner-occupied. All loans will be secured by a mortgage in favor of the Woodbury HRA. The loan may be secured in a subordinate position behind other loans. Borrowers aged 65 or older or who are military veterans shall receive a discounted rate.
All loans will be secured by a mortgage in favor of the Woodbury HRA. Applicant will be required to obtain title insurance on this loan for the Woodbury HRA, if the loan amount is in excess of $5,000.
- Debt to Income Limit: Borrowers' monthly debts cannot exceed 50% of monthly income
- Credit: Standard underwriting criteria apply
- Income Limit: Applicant total gross annual household income shall not exceed $146,000
- Owner-occupied properties must be located within the City of Woodbury
- Property value may not exceed $419,000
- Properties may not be within the flood plain as identified by FEMA
- Borrower's existing first mortgage must be a prime/A-rated fixed rate mortgage loan
- The borrower's combined mortgage debt including the Woodbury loan cannot exceed 100% of the property value, based on the taxable market value as determined by Washington County for the current year
- Applicants may also submit a third party appraisal that has been completed within the last 6 months; such an appraisal is to be obtained by the applicant at their expense
Work may include repairs, replacement, and/or new construction that will:
- Correct local or state code deficiencies, health and safety items
- Improve the conditions of the exterior of the home including but not limited to:
- Existing fences
- Retaining walls
- Other components of the property
- Improve value of the home (kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, etc.)
- Improve handicap accessibility
- Reduce flood risk to properties that are not eligible for cost participation in the city's Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program
- Improve Energy Efficiency (insulation, mechanical improvements, rooftop solar improvements, etc.)
Recreational improvements, working capital, debt service or refinancing of existing debts are ineligible improvements.
Loan funds will be paid directly to the contractor for completed work. The following items must be received before the funds can be released:
- Final Invoice from each contractor showing all amounts paid and due.
- Lien Waiver Original from each contractor.
- W-9 signed by each contractor.
- Completion Certificate signed by each contractor and the borrower.
- Permits Closed. Have the inspector sign the permit card.
- Final Inspection and approval by the Woodbury Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
It may take up to 10 business days after receipt of above items to prepare checks. Checks to contractors must be countersigned by the borrower. Lien waivers must be provided before funds will be released.
Note: Do not sign any contracts or start your project until a closing has taken place. Any project begun before a loan closing has taken place will be ineligible for participation of the program.
The Woodbury Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has selected NeighborWorks Home Partners (NWHP) to administer the loan funds. Please visit the NWHP website for an application and list of documents needed. Completed applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as funds are available until all program funds are committed. After loan approval you will be contacted regarding a closing to sign a Note and Mortgage.
NWHP consultants will be available to advise borrowers about proposed projects and conduct an optional initial home inspection. NWHP consultants will review bid(s) for reasonableness.
Costs & Completion
Washington County Recording fee and prepaid daily interest will be paid by the borrower(s). Credit report fee will be paid by the borrower(s) at application. There is a $25 processing fee requested after the loan estimate is provided to the homeowner.
Contractors must be properly licensed by the state of Minnesota when required. Permits must be obtained when required by city code.
It is the borrower's responsibility to obtain the amount of funds necessary to finance the entire cost of the work. If the final cost exceeds the loan amount, the borrower must obtain the additional funds. Borrower's contribution to project cost must be paid prior to release of loan funds.
Weather permitting, work must be completed within 120 days of loan closing.