Mini Homestead Act Recruitment Efforts
This page offers examples of local Homestead Act efforts to increase population in rural communities by offering lots at low or no cost.
Update 2016: Though popular in the early to mid 2000s, many communities no longer use this means of development. Below is a list of communities that still have programs running.
Manilla - For more information about Manilla, Iowa and the surrounding area visit http://www.manillaia.com or call the Manilla Economic Development Corporation at 712.654.2732 or 712.654.2632. Ask about the Sunrise Addition and the project's requirements.
Mankato - Located in Jewell County (north central Kansas). For requirements, contact 785-378-3141.
Washington - Located in Washington County (north central Kansas), offers lots for industrial building. For requirements, contact 785.325.2284.
Beatrice - The City of Beatrice has offered several lots as homestead property. At this time, no lots were available though the program still exists.
Curtis - (Program 1) Ed Cole, Curtis Telephone Co., 308.367.4151, firstname.lastname@example.org (build single family house). (Program 2) Jerry Wilcox, city manager, 308.367.4122 (build house overlooking Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course).
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