Little Earth Residents Association Inc

A nonprofit organization

Little Earth is 9.4 acre, 212-unit Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized housing complex located in the urban industrial core of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It is home to nearly 1,000 residents, 50% of whom are under the age of 21.  Little Earth was founded in 1973 and remains the only indigenous preference project-based Section 8 rental assistance community in the United States.

 The Little Earth community is a model of self-determination for all Native peoples, prioritizing eliminating systemic barriers through wrap-around support services designed to move communities forward as well as address existing conditions. Little Earth's programmatic approach is designed around five key pillars: Education, Workforce Development, Health/Wellness, Safety and Life skills See our profile in the New York Times for a deeper understanding of the realities facing urban-based Native Americans

Little Earth Residents Association (LERA) is governed and led by the residents of the Little Earth of United Tribes community. Our organization is completely invested in the well-being of every community member that comes through our doors. This year, our vibrant community has had to face many struggles, and LERA has adapted to meet these constantly changing needs. 

Our programs include:

-Youth Workforce Development

-After School Support

-Women's and Men's Empowerment Groups

-Cultural Education Program

-Youth Mentoring

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Organization name

Little Earth Residents Association Inc

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Education Children & Family Community



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2495 18th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404



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