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
- Don Goracke - Representing the Morris area
- Bob Kopitzke - County Board Ex Officio
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. 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 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (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.
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, Theresa Dittbenner, at (320) 208-6559.
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 the HRA office at (320) 208-6559.
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.
Stevens County HRA
100 S. Columbia Ave.
Morris, MN 56267
Phone (320) 208-6559
FAX (320) 585-5144
Email Jessica Kirwin
Email Melanie Fohl
Email Cindy Taffe
Office Support Specialist
Email Leila Hormann