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Little Earth Residents Association

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


2495 18th Ave SMinneapolis, MN 55404 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To empower Little Earth and its residents by creating a culturally strong, supportive, healthy, and unified community.


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 1,200 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. The Little Earth Residents Association (LERA) is the onsite social services provider for all Little Earth residents. LERA’s programmatic approach is designed around five key pillars: Education, Workforce Development, Health/Wellness, Safety, and Life Skills.


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