We've highlighted many times on the @Home blog how our collaborative network approach to homeownership education and counseling in Minnesota is unique. One of key pieces of our successful collaborative approach is that we are the only state in the country with a dedicated pool of funds that provides financial support to eligible non-profit organizations to deliver a variety homebuyer and homeowner services. This dedicated pool is known as HECAT (The Homeownership Education, Counseling and Training Fund).
Some of the valuable services that are funded through HECAT include:
- Pre-purchase education and counseling (Home Stretch),
- Post-purchase education and counseling,
- Home equity conversion counseling (Reverse Mortgages) and
- Foreclosure prevention counseling
Funds for HECAT come from a public-private partnership of agencies and organizations that are fully invested in ensuring that Minnesotans have access to the education and counseling tools necessary to achieve successful (sustainable) home ownership:
- Minnesota Housing (Finance Agency), and
Each of the funding partners not only contribute financial resources they also actively participate in the grant-making process and provide technical assistance throughout the year.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding for programs in 2013 and 2014 (funding year runs from October 1st through September 30th) is NOW OPEN. The deadline for applications is 3:00pm on Monday, June 10th. This is a STRICT deadline.
Submission of Applications: This year, nonprofits that are interested in applying for the HECAT RFP, must submit their applications both electronically and a hard copy via mail/dropoff before the deadline. A Box.com account is required for the electronic upload and it is HIGHLY recommended that you open an account well before the deadline to avoid possible issues.
For more information about HECAT, or to view the RFP and even lists of award recipients from previous years, visit the Minnesota Housing website... here.