Future Minnesota State Veterans Homes
MDVA is building three new State Veterans Homes in the communities of Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston. Construction is expected to begin as early as fall 2021 with an anticipated 18-month schedule to complete all three locations.
The projects are proceeding with the support of funding from federal (65%) and state and local sources (35%). The three new Homes are slated to receive more than $80 million in U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) State Home Construction Grants.
During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Minnesota State Legislature allocated $32 million in Chapter 214, HF 4425 of the Omnibus Bonding Bill for three new State Veterans homes. The funding breakdown includes:
- $12.4 million for the Bemidji Veterans home project
- $9.4 million for the Montevideo Veterans home project
- $10.2 million for the Preston Veterans home project
MDVA leaders have worked closely with local elected officials and Veterans’ stakeholders for years on the planning for the new Veterans Homes. The communities of Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston have been very engaged in the process, donating land for the building sites and raising additional funds to support amenities for their new Homes.
Wold Architecture along with Perkins Eastman have completed most of the planning and design process.
General Contractors for each project have been named. They are Adolfson & Peterson Construction for Bemidji, and Knutson Construction for both Montevideo and Preston. Each General Contractor will now begin soliciting for sub-contractors and will strive to hire a significant percentage from the local communities.
Hiring for the new Homes will begin in spring 2022. The Home Administrators and leadership teams will be hired first. In fall 2022, Homes leaders will then begin the hiring process for all staff in preparation for a potential winter 2023 opening.
Resident applications will be accepted at a date yet to be determined, but it will be several months prior to the opening of the new facilities. Eligible Residents come from three categories: 1) Eligible Veterans; 2) Spouses of eligible Veterans; and 3) Gold Star Parents. Please visit the Minnesota Veterans Homes admissions page on our website for more details.
More information regarding these homes can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions page.