Olmsted County Housing & Redevelopment Authority

 
FAIR HOUSING IS THE LAW

 

March 17, 2020

TO:  Olmsted County Housing Authority Participates

RE:  HRA Office Hours and Contact Information

In an effort to protect our clients and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Olmsted County HRA will not be accepting visitors or in-person meetings at its offices until further notice.   Please be advised that all county offices will be closed to the public.  We ask that you call or email your case worker when you have questions or concerns.  Case worker contact information is below.


Worker​Phone Number​Email
​Emily Nicklay- Housing Specialist507-328-7119​​nicklay.emily@co.olmsted.mn.us
​Tasha Graham-Housing Specialist​507-328-7156​graham.tasha@co.olmsted.mn.us
​Sherry Meng- Case Aid​507-328-7155​meng.sherry@co.olmsted.mn.us

​Monica Pintos -Case Aid

507-328-7153​​pintos.monica@co.olmsted.mn.us
Katie Mackay- Public Housing507-328-7167​

​mackey.kathrine@co.olmsted.mn.us


Income/Household/Interim Changes:

Should you be experiencing income or household changes, please visit the housing rack at the entrance of 2117 Campus Dr SE or visit Olmsted County Change Form for an online fillable form. Please provide all supporting documentation with the change form. This paperwork may be emailed to your case worker at the email address listed above, mailed to your case worker at HRA, 2117 Campus Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904, or placed in the yellow drop box located at the east end of the parking lot located outside the 2117 building.  Please write "HOUSING" on all paperwork dropped off to the HRA.  If your change results in a change in rent, you will be notified by phone or mail

Annual Re-examinations:

For the time being, annual re-examinations will no longer be conducted in person. If you have an upcoming annual re-examination a notice and paperwork have either already been mailed to you or will be mailed to you.  Please complete the annual paperwork and provide all supporting documentation with the packet. This paperwork may be emailed to your case worker at the email address listed above, mailed to your case worker at HRA, 2117 Campus Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904, or placed in the yellow drop box located at the east end of the parking lot located outside the 2117 building.  Please write "HOUSING" on all paperwork dropped off to the HRA.  Your case worker will then send you notification by mail of your new rental amount.

Rent Payments:

As the county offices will be closed until further notice, your rental payment may be sent to OCHRA by: 1) Mail at HRA, 2117 Campus Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904; 2) Placing in the rent drop box at the property office; or 3) Placing in the yellow drive up drop box located at the east end of the parking lot located outside the 2117 building. If paying by check or money order, please write your full name, address with unit number, and HRA on the form of payment. If it is necessary to pay by cash, please place the payment inside an enclosed envelope and write your full name, address with unit number, HRA, and payment amount on the envelope and place inside the drop box. Please do not mail cash.

HQS Inspections:

We may need to postpone annual HQS inspections and will update this information on our website at www.olmstedcountyhousing.com and/or notify you by mail.

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Per the Rochester Post Bulletin:

They have compiled a list of places offering free food and other forms of aid during the Covid-19 closures.

Free food

Check the Facebook pages of the organizations listed here or call ahead (especially if they're doing curbside delivery) to ensure that they're still serving free meals!

Channel One Food Bank -- 131 35th St. SE, Rochester; 507 287-2350

Channel One is a local food shelf and regional food bank that serves Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. They provide a five-day supply of food each month to people who live in Olmsted County and are eligible for the program, via food shelves that provide non-perishables, as well as fresh produce and personal care items.

Over the weekend, they packed boxes of emergency food to send out in case the food shelves need to close -- which they have not yet. You can help out by donating at helpingfeedpeople.org, mailing a check, or helping pack 2,000 more emergency boxes Friday, March 20.

Zumbro Valley Food Shelf -- 56817 Hwy. 63, Zumbro Falls; 507 259-1442

Plans to continue operating normal hours (Tuesdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.) as long as they have the volunteers. Donations and volunteers are greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Pastor Colleen Hoeft at 507 259-1442 or choeft52@gmail.com.

Minnesota Food Helpline -- www.hungersolutions.org/programs/mn-food-helpline; 1-888-711-1151

Taking calls 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you're struggling to put food on the table, call 1-888-711-1151.

Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar -- 7 1st Ave. SW, Rochester; 507 280-6232

Offering takeout and delivery to those who call with a child in need of a meal -- pasta with sauce or butter and fresh bread. Call 507 280-6232 or email natalievictoria@victoriasmn.com, or jason@victoriasmn.com.

Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine -- 1151 6th St. NW Ste. 106, Rochester; 507 288-0274

Providing free lunch to school-age children in need of a meal.

Newt's -- 216 1/2 1st Ave. SW, Rochester; 507 289-0577

Free mac and cheese with a choice of fries or applesauce to kids in need, "no questions asked," via curbside pickup.

Grand Rounds -- 4 3rd St SW, Rochester; 507 292-1628

From their Facebook: "If you or someone you know are concerned about being able to have lunch for any child in town due to the school closure, we are offering free kids meals no other purchase necessary, stop in, ask for a manager and we will be sure to get you a lunch."

True Smoke BBQ -- 2040 Viking Dr NW, Rochester; 507 258-1088

According to True Smoke's Facebook page, "They can simply come in and say 'No school for me today' and we will hand them a lunch. Free lunch available for children ages 5-17 please. If you need to pick up the lunches the night before please PM us with a count and we can have them ready to take home by 5 p.m. the day before." Check the Facebook page for daily kids' menus to see if the meal is something your kid will eat.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop -- 3801 Marketplace Dr. NW, Rochester; 507 226-8686

Available at the above location only, food for kids currently out of school. Call ahead for a turkey, ham, or grilled cheese sandwich with applesauce and milk.

Saturday Noon Meals at Christ United Methodist Church -- 400 5th Ave. SW, Rochester; 507 289-4019

The church will be providing lunches to go. 12 p.m. Saturdays at the 5th Avenue entrance.

Riverside Elementary -- 506 5th Ave. SE, Rochester; 507 328-3700

Front entrance drop-off loop. Drive-up meals served free to children ages 0-18 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each weekday March 18-26. Meal consists of a cold lunch with breakfast included for the next day. Meals will be brought to the vehicle. If your child is on a special diet, contact Kayla Timmerman, SNS dietician, at 507 328-4250 or katimmerman@rochester.k12.mn.us.

John Adams Middle School -- 1525 31st St. NW, Rochester; 507 328-5700

Door 9, located on the northeast side of the building. Drive-up meals served free to children ages 0-18 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each weekday March 18-26. Meal consists of a cold lunch with breakfast included for the next day. Meals will be brought to the vehicle. If your child is on a special diet, contact Kayla Timmerman, SNS dietician, at 507 328-4250 or katimmerman@rochester.k12.mn.us.

Mayo High School -- 1420 11th Ave. SE, Rochester

Door 2C, located by the staff parking lot near tennis courts.  Drive-up meals served free to children ages 0-18 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each weekday March 18-26. Meal consists of a cold lunch with breakfast included for the next day. Meals will be brought to the vehicle. If your child is on a special diet, contact Kayla Timmerman, SNS dietician, at 507 328-4250 or katimmerman@rochester.k12.mn.us.

List of restaurants still offering takeout and/or delivery: We've started compiling a list of local restaurants that aren't serving free food, but are still offering meals to-go. Call ahead for curbside pickup!

Health care

Call Olmsted Medical Center's Covid-19 Triage Center at 507 292-7266. Get more information here.

Telehealth Counseling Services -- Family Service Rochester, 507 287-2010

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic (and increased anxiety and stress related to it), Family Service Rochester has launched new telehealth counseling services, which you can schedule by calling 507 287-2010. After filling out a couple of online forms, you'll use your smartphone, laptop, or tablet to talk to a mental health professional.

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2019 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Lottery
Selection

Selections have been made and letter have been mailed as of December 15, 2019. If you did not receive a letter, then your entry was not picked in the lottery, and your name cannot be placed on the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List.

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Olmsted County HRA Mission:

To provide Olmsted County residents opportunities to obtain quality, affordable housing.

The Olmsted County HRA is governed by a Board of Commissioners that meets monthly. It administers programs that provide rental assistance to tenants and rehabilitation funds to both homeowners and rental property owners. In addition, the Olmsted County HRA manages county-owned rental properties and partners with local agencies to provide other programs to increase the availability of affordable housing to residents of Olmsted County.

FAIR HOUSING IS THE LAW

Federal Law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. In Olmsted County, housing discrimination complaints can be filed with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

If you suspect unfair housing practices, you can go to HUD’s website to file a complaint online, or call 800 669-9777 (TDD 800 927-9275) or 612 370-3000.

You can also go to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights website to file a complaint online, or call 651 296-5663 (TTY 651 596-1283).