The Albert Lea HRA was created in 1965 through a cooperative agreement between the City of Albert Lea, Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agency provides 176 units of Public Housing, 8 units of Rural Development Housing and 155 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV). Through a local agreement the HRA received authorization from the Freeborn County Government to allow the use of agency HCV vouchers throughout the county. The HRA also is working through local partnerships to co-sponsor programs such as the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP), the Minnesota Cities Participation Program (MCPP), and to promote the initiation of future programs targeted to the preservation and construction of affordable housing in the county. The HRA has a seven member Board of Commissioners that are appointed by the Mayor and City Council (one member of the Board is also a Public Housing tenant). An ex-officio member (a local City Councilman) is also appointed by the Mayor to sit on the Board of Commissioners.
Albert Lea HRA Mission Statement:
The mission of the Albert Lea HRA is to provide safe and decent affordable housing to the communities and citizens it serves. To that end it is the pledge of the agency to provide these services based upon the individual merits of the families and individuals and without consideration of their race, creed, color, religion, national origin, disability or familial status. To fulfill this mission, the HRA will embrace high standards of ethics, management and accountability and will forge new partnerships and working relationships with other community organizations and local governments.