Small City, GIANT Living

Housing in Blue Earth

Blue Earth is known for its classic city-center, tranquil neighborhoods, and tree-lined streets. The city also boasts three newer housing developments with beautiful views and graceful streets.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) of the City of Blue Earth works to ensure that there is a wide variety of quality housing options for households wanting to make their home in Blue Earth. HRA also works to reduce blight and maintain property values through creative and effective redevelopment strategies.

Prairie View Subdivision

Build your dream home!  Lots are available in the Prairie View Subdivision.  For more information contact City Administrator, Mary Kennedy at 507.526.7336.


Crescent Apartments is a federally-subsidized and City-operated apartment building located just one block of Main Street in beautiful downtown Blue Earth. Crescent Apartments provides an affordable, safe, and convenient housing option in a beautiful neighborhood setting. Rent at Crescent Apartments is determined by a resident’s income. Download the Crescent Apartments information or contact Megan Hanson-Haase at 507.526.2981 for further details.

Several other apartment options exist within Blue Earth. These include the following:

Housing Assistance Resources

The City of Blue Earth HRA offers to those seeking housing the option of Crescent Apartments as well as two single-family housing programs. Additionally, the other organizations listed below are excellent resources for housing assistance.

City of Blue Earth HRA
Crescent Apartments

Minnesota Valley Action Council
301 North Main Street, Blue Earth
507.526.5291 or 800.767.7139

Southwest MN Housing Partnership
Contact Ali Joens at 507.836.8673

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Access HUD’s rental housing resources

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
507.473.8247, Extension 4
USDA Rural Development administers the Section 504 home loan and grant repair program.  

Blight Removal Programs

 The Blue Earth Housing & Redevelopment Authority offers three programs that address blighted residential structures. These programs seek to eliminate blighted property and encourage reinvestment in the property.

HRA Board & Staff

Board Members

  • Ken Skaare, Chairman
  • Dan Mensing, Vice-Chairman
  • Richard Scholtes City Council Liaison
  • Mark Maher
  • Kim Shaffer


  • Mary Kennedy, City Administrator
  • Rayne Hanevik, Office Specialist
  • Amy Schaefer, Community and Business Development Specialist
  • Megan Hanson-Haase, Crescent Apartments Housing Manager
  • John Engesser, Crescent Apartments Maintenance Assistant
  • Duane Rorman, Crescent Apartments Custodian
  • Nancy Rorman, Crescent Apartments Housing Manager Assistant