Strategies & Policies
Saint Paul and Minneapolis were among the first advocates for Smart Growth and affordable housing strategies in the metro region. The Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) focuses on redeveloping blighted, contaminated, and underutilized properties in targeted neighborhoods. The HRA selectively uses its redevelopment powers to acquire, clear, remediate, and convey blighted residential and commercial properties for redevelopment by private developers and businesses. From 2002 to 2006, the Saint Paul Housing 5000 initiative invested over $1 billion of private and public funding to build more than 5,000 new housing units. Twenty percent of these housing units are affordable to families with incomes at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI). At least half of that 20% is affordable to households at or below 30% of AMI.