Housing and Redevelopment Authority

The Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) was established in 1987 to serve the housing, economic development, and redevelopment needs of the citizens of Hennepin County and its municipalities. In 2016, the board, acting as the HRA, unanimously elected District 2 Commissioner Linda Higgins as chair and District 5 Commissioner Randy Johnson as vice chair.

Meetings are held periodically after regular County Board Committee Meetings on Tuesdays. The agenda for each meeting is published as soon as possible prior to a meeting. Meetings are broadcast live on the Metropolitan Cable Network (Channel 6) on the day of the meeting and re-played on the following Friday at 8 p.m.

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The principal mission of the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is to serve the housing and economic development and redevelopment needs of the citizens of Hennepin County and its municipalities by undertaking or assisting housing projects which will provide decent, affordable housing, and undertaking or assisting economic development or redevelopment projects which will create jobs, expand the tax base, eliminate blight, and provide or facilitate the provision or operation of public conveniences and improvements, all in a manner which produces the lowest possible cost to such citizens.

Vision 2012: A Five Year Strategy

In 2001, the Housing Opportunities in Hennepin County Strategic Framework report provided strategic direction to the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority during the 2002-2007 time period.

In 2007, staff solicited feedback from county and municipal officials, nonprofit and for-profit developers, businesses, housing funders, service providers and housing advocates to address key opportunities and current issues.

The resulting Vision 2012:  A Five-Year Strategy (PDF) report reviews the program history, puts that history into current community context, and presents a five-year strategic direction. The report seeks to take advantage of available opportunities to more effectively work with community partners to achieve greater housing and community development results and better serve the public.

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