The Minnesota Housing board announced awards to build, preserve and support 73 statewide projects totaling $134 million on Friday. “The projects will ensure thousands of Minnesota families, homeless veterans and low-income individuals have safe and decent places to live,” said Gov. Mark Dayton. It also will support more than 4,500 jobs, he said. Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal said the money will help nearly 3,100 households in Minnesota. Homeless veterans are being supplied with assistance in projects near hospitals in St. Cloud and Minneapolis, she said. The award was more than double the amount in 2011, due in part to the 2012 bonding bill, which added $30 million.