The HRA is a public agency that has been in existence for 50 years. A public body created in 1964 under enabling state legislation, the HRA is directed by a five member Board of Commissioners, all local citizens appointed by the Mayor for five year alternating terms. Current members of the Board are Joyce Grannis, Chairperson; Lori Hansen, Vice Chairperson; Daniel Niederkorn, Secretary; Thomas Seaberg, Commissioner; and Stephen Doody, Commissioner. Executive Director Branna Lindell, administers the programs with a staff of 11 full-time employees.
South St. Paul was the first Minnesota city outside the Twin Cities to form its own HRA. The formation of a housing authority arose out of the economic distress signals of the 1960’s and threats of plant closings in the meatpacking industry. Swift and Company closed its doors in 1969 and Armours in 1979. In addition to providing and encouraging development of safe and affordable housing, the HRA clears and revitalizes commercial and industrial areas to provide stimulus for new development and employment opportunities in the City.