Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA)

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The Housing and Redevelopment Authority in and for the City of Bloomington (HRA) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all HRA services, programs and activities.

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The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is governed by a five-member commission appointed by the City Council. The HRA helps provide housing for those who are not adequately served by the marketplace, coordinates the City's efforts to preserve existing neighborhoods and promotes development and redevelopment that enhances Bloomington.

The HRA accomplishes its mission through various programs: rental assistance, housing rehabilitation, first-time home buyer assistance and other development and redevelopment programs. Funding comes from federal, state, regional and local sources.

HRA programs and services


HRA Commission

Meeting location, schedule, agendas, minutes

Meetings are typically held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road.

  • Online calendar: Links to meeting schedule, agendas and minutes. Browse for meetings that are posted for each month. Agendas and approved minutes are added as they become available.

Commissioners and their terms

Commissioner Position Term of office
Andrew Carlson Commissioner Jan. 02, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2018
Mike Fossum Secretary Jan. 01, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2014
Cheryl Lewis Commissioner Jan, 02, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2018
Steve Mahowald Vice Chair Jan. 18, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2015
Mark Thorson Chair Jan. 03, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2016

Staff liaison

BHRA's staff liaison is Doug Grout, Administrator.

HRA Agency Plan and policies

HRA is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to file an annual Agency Plan. The plan is a comprehensive guide to the BHRA's policies, programs, operations and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals.

The agency plan also incorporates the administrative plan for the BHRA's Section 8 Rental Assistance program.

  • 2015 Annual Plan (164KB, 13-page PDF)
  • 2015 Section 8 Administrative Plan (472KB, 85-page PDF)
  • The HRA Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing for approval of the plans at 5:30 pm on September 23, 2014. Written comments regarding the plan are due in the HRA office by 4:30 pm on September 23, 2014.

HRA Financial Report

The HRA's financial report is a section of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Finance Department has a Web page offering the full version of the CAFR.

This report was prepared by the City's Finance Department. Responsibility for both the accuracy of the presented data and the completeness and fairness of the presentation, including all disclosures, supporting schedules, statistical tables, etc., rests with the City. We believe the data, as presented, is accurate in all material respects; that it fairly sets forth the financial position and results of HRA operations as measured by the financial activity of its various funds; and that all disclosures necessary to enable the reader to gain the maximum understanding of the HRA's financial affairs have been included.


For more information, contact:

Doug Grout
Administrator, Bloomington HRA
PH: 952-563-8937, TTY: 952-563-8740, FAX: 952-563-4977
Email: hra@BloomingtonMN.gov


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