Olmsted County Housing & Redevelopment Authority

 
FAIR HOUSING IS THE LAW

 

Self Service Portal Now Available

For your convenience, we are now offering to current tenants and property owners a new secure, online service called Assistance Connect. This service allows you to view information about your assistance, contact us directly and update your case file, any-time of the day or night, saving you the time and trouble it takes to come in to an appointment or contact us on the phone.

Some of the online services currently offered include:

Tenants

  • Update Family Income
  • Update Family Status
  • Request a Work Order
  • Search Rental Listings

Property Owners

  • List a Rental
  • Review Payments
  • Reschedule an Inspection
  • Review Inspection Information

In order to use Assistance Connect, you must be a current HRA participant. You can create an account online at www.assistancecheck.com.  To obtain your personal pin number please send an email to olmstedhra@co.olmsted.mn.us with your full name, address, and phone number.

Once you've completed creating your account, keep your account information in a safe place. You are required to log in to access Assistance Connect to make requests and check the status of your requests.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD and PUBLIC HEARING

 

The Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan is a comprehensive guide to Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) policies, programs, operations, and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals.  The HRA invites the public to review and comment on the Plan and Capital Fund Program.  Comments from the public will be received until 5pm on Monday, October 19, 2020. The Plan is available for review during business hours Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm at the office located at 2117 Campus Drive SE, Suite 300, Rochester, MN, or at OCHRA's   

Comments should be submitted to Cari Kuehn, Housing Program Manager, at the above address, by phone at 507 328-7171 or email at kuehn.cari@co.olmsted.mn.us.

 A public hearing to review and receive comments on the Plan will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 1:00PM at the OCHRA Board of Commissioners meeting held in Council Chambers in the Government Center, 151 4th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904.  

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Rental Assistance Program

The Rental Assistance Program has been combined with Emergency Assistance.  If you need rent assistance, you may qualify for help even if you have already accessed Emergency in the last 12 months.

How to apply?

Applications will be available for online submission or for print through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Call 507 328-6500 with questions or for additional information.


Emergency Assistance Application

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TO:  Olmsted County Housing Authority Participants

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
​Sandra Nelson - Case Aid​507-328-7155​nelson.sandra@co.olmsted.mn.us

Melissa Fohrman  -Case Aid

507-328-7153​​fohrman.melissa@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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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).