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Housing and Redevelopment Authority
The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Stevens County, Minnesota (informally known as the Stevens County HRA) was organized by the Stevens County Board of Commissioners in 1977. The HRA is governed by a 5-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Stevens County Board. HRA Commissioners are selected from throughout the whole of Stevens County. Current HRA Commissioners include:
  • Barb Tomoson, Board Chair - Representing the Alberta area.
  • Bruce Malo, Vice-Chair - Representing the Hancock area.
  • Dick Bluth, Secretary-Treasurer - Representing the Morris area.
  • Algene Larson - Representing the Donnelly area.
  • Hugh Reimers - Representing the Chokio area.

The Stevens County HRA is committed to building better neighborhoods by providing comprehensive housing and business opportunities for qualified individuals and families through creative and professional service in partnership with the greater community.

The mission of the Stevens County HRA is to serve the citizens of Stevens County by:

  • Ensuring that all Stevens County residents have access to decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing.
  • Revitalizing and maintaining neighborhoods.
  • Forming effective partnerships to maximize social and economic opportunities.
  • Providing business and economic development opportunities.

The mission shall be accomplished by a fiscally responsible, creative organization committed to excellence in public service.

It is the policy of the Housing Authority to comply fully with all Federal, State, and local nondiscrimination laws and with the rules and regulations governing Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in housing and employment.

The HRA shall not deny any family or individual the opportunity to apply for or receive assistance from the Agency on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, familial or marital status, handicap or disability or sexual orientation.

To further its commitment to full compliance with applicable Civil Rights laws, the HRA will provide Federal/State/local information to program participants regarding "discrimination" and any recourse available to them if they are victims of discrimination. Such information, and all applicable Fair Housing Information and Discrimination Complaint Forms will be made available upon request.

The Stevens County HRA administers several Federal, State, and local housing programs. HRA offices are located on the 1st floor of the Stevens County Courthouse. The office is open from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Please call 320-208-6559 to schedule an appointment or to request additional information about HRA programs.

Section 8 Rental Assistance

This Federal program provides monthly Housing Assistance Payments directly to landlords of qualified low income participant renters. Rental units must have reasonable rents (as determined by the HRA), and must meet HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.

Owner-Occupied Housing Repair

The HRA administers a variety of home repair programs for persons who own and occupy their home. Depending on the location of their home and their total household income, applicants may be eligible to finance home repairs with a combination of loans and deferred loans.

Rental Repair

State and Federal grant and loan funds may be available for repairs to rental properties where the owner agrees to maintain the unit in compliance with HUD’s Housing Quality Standards and Fair Market Rents.

Affordable Rental Units

The HRA owns Wildwoods Apartments, a 14-unit Section 42 rental building located in Morris. Residents must have documented household income which is no more than 60% of the Area Median Income as defined by HUD. For more information, contact the Property Manager, Melanie Fohl or Theresa Dittbenner, at the Morris HRA at (320) 589-3142.

Revolving Loan Fund

A small pool of funds initially provided by the Otto Bremer Foundation allows the HRA to provide installment loans for rental security deposits or rental utility deposits for low to moderate income persons. The rental property must be located in Stevens County. For additional information or to apply, contact Alice Strand Housing Specialist. 

Development Tools

Tax Increment Financing, Revenue Bonds, and other financing tools for business and housing development are available through the HRA. Examples of the work performed with these tools include the business expansion at Superior Equipment, the Service Option for Seniors housing units and the Stevens County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center.

 



Please Submit Surveys: Proposed Morris SCDP Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is preparing to submit a Proposal  on behalf of the City of Morris to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The purpose of the proposal is to request funding for homeowner-occupied home rehabilitation funds for low to moderate income homeowners that live in the home to be repaired within a  targeted area of Morris, generally located on the west side of Morris. Surveys were only  mailed to the owner-occupied homeowners in the targeted area.   A map outlining  the targeted area is posted in the HRA office in the Courthouse. If the program is funded, some of the eligible repairs are: replacement of windows, entry doors, shingles, siding, plumbing and electrical repairs and accessibility improvements.

The HRA anticipates to receive notification from DEED during June 1, 2017 whether or not the proposed program will receive funding. If the program is funded, priority will be given on a first come first served basis to persons that submitted a completed program survey by August 25, 2016. Survey responders are placed on a waiting list in the order the survey is received. Survey responders will be notified and will recieve first priorty to receive a program application for the home rehabilitation program. 

          2016 Stevens County Area Median Income Guidelines according to Household Size

Household Size               Annual Gross Income Limit
1 person                                        $41,200.
2 people                                        $47,050.
3 people                                        $52,950.
4 people                                        $58,800.
6 people                                        $63,550.
7 people                                        $72,950.
8 people                                        $77,650

If you or someone you know may be interested or would like additional information, please contact:  Alice Strand, Housing Specialist by calling #320-208-6559. 

Target Area Map for Rental & Homeowner Rehab Proposed Program 

Please Submit Surveys: Proposed Morris SCDP Rental Housing Rehabilitaiton Program
The Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is preparing to submit a Proposal on behalf of the City of Morris, to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for rental housing rehabilitation funds for rentals located within a targeted area on the west side of Morris.  Surveys were mailed to owners of  rental properties that are located in the targeted area. A map outlining the targeted area is available in the Stevens County HRA office located in the Courthouse. If the program is funded, some of the eligible repairs are: replacement of windows, entry doors, shingles, siding, plumbing, and electrical service. First priority will be given to rental property owners that submit a completed Landlord Survey by August 25, 2016 to the Stevens County HRA.  Survey responders are placed on the waiting list in the order the survey is received and will be notified whether or not the program is funded.  The Stevens County HRA anticipates that DEED will  provide notification to the City of Morris and the HRA during June 2017.
  
If you are interested in receiving additional information please contact Alice Strand, Housing Specialist by calling #320-208-6559 

Please Submit Surveys: Proposed Morris SCDP Commercial Building Rehabilitation Program
The Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is preparing to submit a Proposal on behalf of the City of Morris to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), for Morris Commercial Building Rehabilitation for commercial buildings located within a targeted area of Morris. Surveys were mailed only to the commercial businesses located in the targeted area. A map outlining the targeted area is on display in the office of the HRA located in the Courthouse. If the program is funded, basic eligible improvements that may be conducted are: roof replacement, façade improvements, replacement of windows, entry doors, and accessibility improvements.

If the program is funded, priority will be given to commercial building owners that submitted the survey by August 25, 2016. The Survey responders will be placed on a waiting list in the order the surveys are received. The HRA and the City of Morris anticipate to hear results from DEED whether or not the program is funded during June 2017.

Target Area Map for Proposed Commercial Rehab Program

If you are interested in receiving additional information please contact Alice Strand, Housing Specialist by calling #320-208-6559.

Stevens County HRA
400 Colorado Avenue, Suite 102
Morris, MN 56267

Phone (320) 208-6559
FAX (320) 585-5144

Jodi DeCamp 

Director

Ph: (320) 208-6559

 

Jessica Kirwin
Housing Specialist

Ph: (320) 208-6559

 

Alice Strand

Housing Specialist

 

Ph: (320) 208-6559

Theresa Dittbenner
Property Manager

PH: (320) 589-3142