The St. Paul PHA is a 28 consecutive year HUD designated high performing large PHA that owns and manages a $688 million physical plant, 4,273 housing units providing safe, affordable, quality housing to about 10,000 low income residents. We achieve high marks in all operational indicators such as:
- 20 consecutive years of 99% occupancy,
- Collecting 99% of all rents,
- Completing approximately 30,000 [emergency 6602 + non-emergency 22,715 = 29,300 in FY 2018] maintenance work orders/year; emergencies in less than 24 hours; non-emergencies in average 5 days,
- In addition, we have a 28 year innovative community policing program, a prime reason why major crime rates in public housing developments are lower than citywide averages.
- Completed a 25 year homeownership program in 2014 that helped 300+ low-income families move from subsidized rental to homeownership, and
- Executed a community solar agreement in 2018 that provides 10 of our hi-rises 100% solar power for electricity while saving $120,000 per year for 25 years.
- See general fact sheet for more highlights.
We are about to complete a RAD PBRA debt-free conversion. We are switching nearly our entire portfolio (3855/4273 units) to RAD PBRA. Why RAD PBRA? Because the St. Paul PHA will never privatize public housing. (See RAD fact sheet.) Under RAD PBRA, the PHA retains full ownership of this deeply affordable precious asset. And because we are a debt free conversion, we have no need to access LIHTC funds or other forms of financing that require the creation of a non-profit affiliate to hold the asset. RAD also offers the following advantages over traditional public housing funding:
- Through RAD, we are locking in for 20 years the better 2018 capital and operating funding Congress recently appropriated;
- We will receive annual inflation adjustments of 2% to 3% on that better money over the next 20 years;
- We will meet all projected capital needs for the next 20 years without the need for any debt financing. And we think the HUD multi-family regulatory framework has advantages over the HUD PIH regulatory environment for the converted properties.
About Jon Gutzmann
Jon Gutzmann earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University.
The St. Paul Public Housing Agency has received numerous performance awards under Jon's leadership, including the HUD Outstanding Performance Award for a large public housing authority in Region V (1990) and the national award for Outstanding Sustained Performance by large housing authority (1991 and 1996). In 1996, the Agency had the highest performance ranking of the nation's largest housing agencies. The Agency remains designated as a "high performer agency" to this date.
Looking back at 30 years ago.
In August 2017, Jon Gutzmann celebrates 30 years of service as Executive Director at the PHA. Below are some newspaper clippings highlighting accomplishments during Jon's early tenure at the PHA.
- Star Tribune Article June 27, 1987 (Minneapolis housing director to take same post in St. Paul)
- Pioneer Press Article June 27, 1987 (Public housing director hired)
- PHA's Emphasis Newsletter September 1987 (New City, New "Uniform", New Challenges - Gutzmann crosses the river to head St. Paul PHA)
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News article clippings about the PHA
- Star Tribune Article May 15, 1991 (Public Housing Agency honored as one of top in U.S.)
- Star Tribune Article December 9, 1991 (Senior citizen complex rises above the rest)
- Pioneer Press Article April 9, 1992 (Report hails St. Paul public housing success)
- Star Tribune clipping July 14, 1992 (Boys & Girls Club - Celebrating a 'Rainbow')
- PHA Community Gardening August 2, 1992 (Tending the Hmong tradition)
- Star Tribune Article April 30, 1994 (Police sweeps: Should wrongs take a right?)
- 1996 HUD Rating Ranking PHA Number One (PHA Letter to Mayor Coleman and response letter from Mayor Coleman)
- Pioneer Press Article April 18, 1996 (Home Improvements - Roosevelt Homes)
- News article clipping (City housing agency gets good report card)
- Pioneer Press Article June 24, 1996 (Private homes get public praise)