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 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.

BeatriceThe 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, (build single family house). (Program 2) Jerry Wilcox, city manager, 308.367.4122 (build house overlooking Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course).