County Housing & Redevelopment Authority
The Beltrami County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
is a municipal corporation created by the Beltrami County
Board more than 30 years ago under the authority granted
in Minnesota Statutes. The HRA is governed by a five
member Board of Directors appointed by the Beltrami County
Board. The current Board of Directors is:
- Richard Jaranson, Chairman
- Lois Anderson, Vice Chair
- Bruce Meade, Secretary
- Lee Coe, Treasurer
- Steve Young, Board Member
In its initial years of operation the HRA focused its
attention on the rehabilitation of substandard housing
units throughout the County, accessing a number of state
and federal grants to support that work.
Starting in 1994 the HRA developed affordable single
family houses for sale to moderate income home buyers. The
first housing development took place in partnership with
the Northwest Technical College Carpentry program and the
Bemidji High School Industrial Education program. The
partnership produced at least four houses each year until
it was taken over by the Headwaters Housing Development
Corporation in 1999. While the Technical College
no longer works with the HHDC, the partnership is still
actively building single family homes with the Bemidji
The HRA also administers down payment assistance programs. Thirty-seven
households were provided down payment assistance through
an employer-based program and several additional households
in Northwest Beltrami County were assisted with funds provided
by Beltrami County. The HRA Board is interested in
housing rehabilitation as its next new initiative.
The HRA contracts with the Headwaters Regional Development
Commission for staff support.
Helping Homeless Families
The HRA has been instrumental in responding to the issue of homelessness in Beltrami County. State bond proceeds have been available on a competitive basis to help communities build housing for homeless families. One requirement of the funding is that the housing units are owned by a public entity. The HRA has agreed to be the owner of two housing projects – The Village of Hope and Conifer Estates.
Village of Hope
The Village of Hope www.villageofhopebemidji.org is a new emergency facility developed by Ours to Serve House of Hospitality. The Village of Hope provides shelter to low income homeless families in and around Beltrami County.
Conifer Estates is a twenty unit supportive and transitional housing project currently being developed in Bemidji. The HRA provided the building site, adjacent to Conifer Avenue, north of 15th Street. Conifer Avenue is a new street being constructed to serve the project. Conifer Estates will provide shelter and services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.