Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity 

Welcome to the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO). HREEO is serving Saint Paul residents and businesses by advancing justice and equity through education, advocacy, and enforcement. HREEO achieves its mission by upholding the following values:

  • Trust and accountability
  • Community Inclusion
  • Openness
  • Continuous Improvement

The City of Saint Paul prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual and affectional orientation, religion, creed, age, marital status, familial status, ancestry, and status with regard to public assistance. If you believe you have experienced discrimination, contact us.

The Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity is composed of several divisions that perform a diverse array of functions.

The Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity staffs and partners with several advisory boards, which work to better inform City of Saint Paul services and policymakers. 

Apply to a city commission or committee

HREEO Office Hours 

  • Staff are available to assist individuals Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Walk-in services are available during HREEO Office Hours Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

For general inquiries, please call the HREEO general line at (651) 266-8966 or email:

What is HREEO?  

The City of Saint Paul completed an equal access audit in 2007 to examine the city's contracting and workforce development policies. As a result, HREEO was created to improve the inclusive contracting practices and workforce development strategies of the City of Saint Paul. The department consolidated existing city resources to better serve, monitor, and enforce policies designed to expand economic opportunities and produce a more economically inclusive Saint Paul. 

Visit HREEO Publications for additional event videos and reports.             ​

Last Edited: March 27, 2024