Resident Councils and Organizations
Minneapolis is home to an active, involved public housing population. MPHA’s most valued partnership is with residents and the resident organizations that represent them.
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 supported by hundreds of 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, the Highrise Lowdown, delivered monthly to residents’ doors.
MHRC is the umbrella organization for the individual building resident councils throughout MPHA’s highrises. These building councils meet monthly, led by 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.
MHRC’s offices are located at the Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center, 1015 Fourth Avenue North, Minneapolis on the 2nd floor. For more information please call MHRC’s main office at (612) 342-1330. You can also like or follow MHRC on Facebook!
Scattered Sites Resident Council
Residents living in MPHA’s scattered site housing are represented by a resident council. The resident council’s purpose is to provide advocacy, programming, and support for scattered site residents, communicating with residents regarding resident activities and MPHA program or policy changes. MPHA is currently seeking scattered site residents interested in helping to re-form the resident council! For more information, email ContactMPHA@mplspha.org.
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 Resident Advisory Board (RAB), MHRC Security Advisory Committee, MHRC Maintenance and Modernization Committee and others. Their advice and input is invaluable to MPHA’s ongoing success in its daily operations.