Housing Specialist

The Itasca County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is seeking a dynamic individual to join their team.  Key responsibilities of this position include performing intake, screening, eligibility determinations, leasing components, and annual/interim re-certifications for the agency’s owned housing programs.

Candidates must have excellent communication, organizational, and computer skills.  Other requirements include an AA degree in business or related field, two years of experience in an office setting or housing field, and a valid MN driver’s license and access to automotive vehicle to be used for business purposes.  Preferred qualifications include a BA degree in business or related field, affordable housing experience and experience working for a public housing authority.

A competitive wage and excellent benefit package will be offered for this full-time position.

Complete position description and application forms are available by calling Dana Abbott at 218-326-7978 or by visiting our website at

Applicants are encouraged to include a resume and cover letter with their completed application, but a resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.  Submit application materials to the HRA offices 102 NE Third Street, Suite 160, Grand Rapids, or email to Executive Director Diane Larson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

ICHRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health, the HRAs are adjusting their services and operations to protect staff and the individuals and families it serves from further spread of COVID-19. The HRA will continue to update its action plan.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, effective March 19th the HRA offices are temporarily closed to all residents and visitors. All staff will be working remotely with scheduled access to the HRA offices. The HRA has suspended all internal and external meetings with very few exceptions. As much business as possible will be conducted by telephone and other electronic means. The HRA will continue to respond as needed to emergency situations.
Closing our offices does not mean the HRA is closed. We remain committed to our mission and the individuals and families we serve. All residents will be notifed by memo and the office will have signs posted with contact information so residents can easily reach staff by telephone in lieu of a walk-in meeting. Housing Choice Voucher and other rental assistance program staff will conduct as much business as possible via U.S. Mail and electronic means. HRA staff are still available to provide the emergency services and essential duties that arise in managing HRA owned properties.

Four Itasca County communities participated in a Comprehensive Housing Study performed by Community Partners Research, Inc., and the data was complied and presented in November of 2019. The links below include an Executive Summary and provide specific recommendations made by Community Partners Research, Inc., and the data is grouped as rental housing issues, home ownership housing issues, new single-family construction, and housing rehabilitation and preservation needs in the community.

Bigfork Housing Study Results

Cohasset Housing Study Results

Nashwauk Housing Study Results

Grand Rapids Housing Study Results

Grand Rapids HRA is now located at the same office space as Itasca County HRA. We are located at 102 NE 3rd Street, Suite 160 Grand Rapids, MN 55744. Office hours are Mon-Thurs 8:00am-4:30pm and Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm.


Our Office:
1115 NW 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Contact Info

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Phone: 218-326-7978

Fax: 218-326-8031

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