About the Central Office W. Andrew Boss Building

The PHA's W. Andrew Boss Building at 555 Wabasha Street North is conveniently located on the north edge of downtown St. Paul, directly across from the State Capitol.

The building houses the PHA's administrative offices for public housing and Section 8 including the rental office. Approximately one-third of the building is leased to commercial tenants, generating revenues that subsidize the PHA's business of providing safe and affordable housing.

The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA) has chosen the PHA's W. Andrew Boss Building as an example of "Building Greener." The OEA develops brief case studies of new and renovated buildings in Minnesota to demonstrate real-world applications of sustainable building principles and strategies. Sustainable building involves a broad spectrum of choices about resource efficiency and pollution prevention. The result is buildings that are more economical to operate and maintain, healthier and more productive for occupants, and less burdensome on the environment.

Revenue

Revenue from the W. Andrew Boss Building that is not used to cover building operations and planned future capital needs may be spent to enhance public housing programs and enrich the lives of PHA residents.

Since 2010 (through Fiscal Year 2025) the following funds have been used to support these opportunities:

  HOME Ownership Program
$  80,950
  HousingLink
30,000
  MN NAHRO
1,000
  Picnic donation - Family Residents
12,203
  Picnic donation - Hi-Rise Residents
79,306
  Resident Scholarships
65,000
  Wilder Participant Relocation Assistance
8,113
  Promise Fellows
24,684
  AmeriCorps CTEP
16,000
  National Night Out
14,276
  Nursing Student Equipment
10,000
  Presidents Council
10,265
  Resident Initiative: Urban Beekeeping
8,920
 
TOTAL   
$ 360,717