Mission Statement

The mission of the Cloquet HRA is to support affordable housing opportunities and strong communities through both its programs and partnerships.

Who are we?

A Funding and Program Administrator:

  • In 2013 The Cloquet and Carlton Housing Authority paid in excess of $563,428 dollars in rent subsidies providing 302 families/individuals with a safe, affordable place to live.

A Landlord:

  • The Cloquet Housing & Redevelopment Authority owns a 74 unit building known as Aspen Arms and located at 950 14th Street in Cloquet.  The building includes 68 – 1 bedroom, 2 – 2 bedroom units and 4 – handicap units.

  • The Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority owns a 19 unit building known as Woodland Pines and is located at 201 Spruce Avenue in Carlton.  The building is adjacent to Interfaith Care Center and includes 18 – 1 bedroom and 1 – handicap units.

A Partner:

  • The Cloquet Housing Authority partners with multiple landlords throughout Carlton County providing rental payments directly to the owner on behalf of the participating family.

What is the role of the Housing Authority?

The Cloquet and Carlton Housing Authority is responsible for the management and operation of its local public housing program. They may also operate other types of housing programs.

  1.  On-going functions:
  • Assure compliance with leases. The lease must be signed by both parties;
  • Set other charges (e.g., security deposit, excess utility consumption, and damages to unit);
  • Perform periodic reexaminations of the family’s income at least once every 12 months;
  • Transfer families from one unit to another, in order to correct over/under crowding, repair or renovate a dwelling, or because of a resident’s request to be transferred;
  • Terminate leases when necessary; and
  • Maintain the development in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition.

What is Public Housing?

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to highrise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 HAs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies (HAs) that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing these developments.

What is the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is the federal government’s major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority Facts

  • The Housing Authority employs 6 full or part time staff persons.

  • The Housing Authority is designated as “High Performers” by the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

  • The asset value of the public housing properties owned by the Housing Authority exceeds $2,930,000.

  • On a monthly basis, the Housing Authority provides rental subsidy to approximately 302 households.

  • On an annual basis, the Housing Authority provides $420,000 in annual rental subsidy to private landlords in Carlton County.

  • The combined annual budget of the Housing Authority is $443,818.