Resident Councils and Organizations
Minneapolis is home to a very involved and active public housing population. MPHA’s most valued partnership is with residents and the various resident organizations throughout the city that represent them. For more information about resident organizations, please see below or call MPHA’s Resident Initiatives Department at 612-342-1449. Listed below are some of MPHA’s resident councils and organizations.
Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council (MHRC)
The Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council (MHRC) is the independent (501C3) city-wide public housing highrise tenant organization in Minneapolis. Its mission is to “promote self-government by residents of public housing, and to represent their interests to the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, public officials, service providers and other organizations.”
The MHRC works to build and support strong highrise resident council in all 42 MPHA highrises, housing over 5000 residents and also works with MPHA collaboratively on a variety of resident participation activities.
The MHRC advocates on behalf of city-wide highrise resident issues and concerns, sponsors Project Lookout, the highrise resident security program operating in 29 MPHA highrises, supported by over 200 resident volunteers, and oversees resident management of highrise laundry room facilities.
The MHRC also implements resident-led diversity and active living initiatives and publishes a newsletter delivered monthly to residents’ doors.
MHRC’s offices are located at the Heritage Park Senior Services Center (HPSSC), 1015 Fourth Avenue North, Minneapolis on the 2nd floor. The MHRC Board, comprised of two members elected from each highrise, meets the third Thursday of every other month at 9:30am at HPSSC. For more information please call MHRC’s main office at (612) 342-1330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minneapolis Scattered Sites Resident Council (MSSRC)
The MSSRC Administrative office is located at 3121 Pillsbury Avenue S. The MSSRC is a resident council representing residents living in MPHA’s scattered site housing (i.e. 750 family homes). The MSSRC provides advocacy and support to scattered site residents, communicating with residents regarding resident activities and MPHA program/policy changes; making resident referral to MPHA as well as various social service organizations. MSSRC council meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each Month at 6pm at the Emilio Bettaglio Great Room, Heritage Park Health & Wellness Center, 1015 4th Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN. For more information, please call, 612/821-2157.
Individual Highrise Building Councils
There are 37 individual building resident councils throughout MPHA’s highrise system. These councils meet monthly and have officers elected by the residents. Resident councils provide input to MPHA management, coordinate resident activities and events in their buildings, participate in their neighborhoods and work with other resident organizations on common interests and issues.
There are a number of established committees comprised of public housing residents that provide a strong advisory function to MPHA and public housing in Minneapolis. These include the Tenant Advisory Committee, Resident Advisory Board, City-wide Capital Improvements Committee, the Security Advisory Committee, the Maintenance and Modernization Committee and others. Their advice and input is valuable to MPHA’s ongoing success in its daily operations.