HNA works to create a prosperous and peaceful community that equitably benefits all of Harrison neighborhood's diverse racial, cultural, and economic groups. 

We work to foster community awareness, to provide a forum for communication, and to unite efforts so that community voices are leading on matters of common concern. We work to educate residents on effective procedures for resolving problems and/or initiating improvements that unite the community and improve the quality of life.

HNA Housing program changes proposed

Harrison Neighborhood Association plans to provide funding support for the administration of the NRP Phase II housing priorities that have become available through the unfreezing of funds by the Minneapolis City Council. To make this successful, funding must be reallocated within HNA’s Revitalization Program funding source; a shift which requires public notice prior to board approval. This funding shift will be formally decided upon at HNA’s October 15, 2018 board meeting, 7:00 pm at the HNA office. See below for details on the reallocation, and contact for more information.

Reallocate NRP Phase II funds:

From—Housing – Strategy 1.1.B.1 – Home Improvement Loan/Grant ($10,000)

Housing – Strategy 1.1.C.1 – Emergency Deferred Loan Pool ($10,000)

Housing – Strategy 1.1.D.1 – Energy Efficiency Improvement Loan Pool ($5,000)


Housing – Strategy 1.1.E.1 – Housing Coordinator 2 ($25,000)

This modification will redirect housing funds within the HNA NRP housing strategy to administer the neighborhood’s housing program funds totaling more than $90,000 to disburse throughout the Harrison Neighborhood.


If you and your neighbors would like to host a block party for National Night Out, The Harrison Neighborhood Association can help you with a mini-grant of up to $50 for your community gathering.

Click here for an application for the NNO Mini-Grant


The HNA board has elected a new executive team and four at-large positions.  To see a list of the new team, as well as those elected at the annual meeting in May please click here

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March 2018 Newsletter



January 2018 Newsletter



Van White Station Area Planning

On October 12, The City of Minneapolis held an open house in Harrison to get input from residents on the future land use for the area around the proposed Van White Station on the Blue Line Extension LRT project. Below is a link to that presentation and the dates for upcoming meetings on the proposals.


  • Public Hearing at the City Planning Commission: Monday, November 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m. in Room 317 City Hall

  • Consideration by the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council: November 30, 2017, 9:30 a.m. in Room 317 City Hall

  • Final consideration by the full City Council: Friday, December 8, 2017



Are you hosting a National Night Out Block Party?

HNA can help!

If you and your neighbors would like to host a block party for National Night Out, The Harrison Neighborhood Association can help you with up to $100 for your community gathering.

These micro-grants are available to help you with your expenses related to your NNO Block Party.

Contact HNA at 612-374-4849 or email for more information.

Click here for an application. 




In an effort to improve our public transportation experience, Metro Transit and the Community Engagement Team have contracted community organizations to do outreach, to find out how they can improve your rider experience.

The Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) along with partner organizations: Northside Residents Redevelopment Council, Heritage Park Association, and Redeemer Center for Life, will be hanging out at the bus stop this Spring, Summer and Fall to find out how North Minneapolis residents prioritize which bus stops should receive investments (features and shelters). 



Nothing is possible without dedicated neighbors and Harrison residents are some of the best! On the forefront of a major economic boom, we work to ensure that the rich heritage of the community is intact for years to come. From growing the gardens to designing for development that supports current residents and more, thank you for your partnership! #WeAreHarrison


Whether you are in the market for a unique gift, chic new glasses, a top design firm, a way to maximize your vehicle's performance, or the latest beverage on tap, Harrison is home to cutting edge businesses ready to serve you. 

Are you interested in moving your business to Harrison or starting a new business?  Want to connect to owners in the area?  Give us a call or send an email.


Developers & Investors

A cornucopia of greenspace, access and on the brink of a major transportation boom, Harrison boasts a powerful mix of residents and businesses who are deeply engaged in the community and the region.

Join our community of foundations, developers, realtors, owner operators, and individuals invested in Harrison.

Remembering Kirk Washington, Jr.

May 9, 1974 - April 4, 2016

Today, we begin to grieve the loss of our dear brother/husband/father/best friend, the phenomenal Mr. Kirk Washington, Jr., world traveled artist, community advocate, scholar of our people, and lover of the truth. May we all celebrate Kirk's life work and his unwavering leadership and commitment to his communities, especially North Minneapolis. 

Stand in the greatness he called out in you. Honor his brilliance. Lift up his name and support his family, now and forever. It would take years to detail all that he has worked so hard for, surely his legacy is in our freedom and the truth that so many would hide.  It is in his poetry, his teaching, his installations, his word, his heart, his voice, and every person he has invested in on a daily basis.  

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A Rich Community on the Frontlines of Greatness


Harrison has a strong cultural fabric, woven from a history of Jewish residents met with segregation and prejudice. As discrimination against Jewish residents diminished post-WWII, these residents were able to move to more desirable neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Restrictive housing practices, rooted in Racism, in the 1950s led people of color to settle in Harrison and the other neighborhoods of North Minneapolis. Although private sectors had much to do with the segregation of African-Americans, there is evidence that the public sector also had part to do with it. In 1935, the city of Minneapolis created a map that labeled Harrison as a “Negro Slum”. This was a decade before the majority of African-Americans moved to the area. After the Vietnam War, there were increasing numbers of Hmong and Lao immigrants that settled in Harrison neighborhood in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  More recently there has been an increasing number of Somali and Latino immigrants and refugees that have moved to the neighborhood.

Along with the history of oppressed people in Harrison, is the history of undesirable development in the neighborhood. Beginning in the 1920s, the Warden Oil Company began recycling and refining oil in the neighborhood. The business closed in 1992, but subsequent evaluation of the site showed heavy soil and water contamination. Concerns about the health effects of the pollution have been raised, but the state determined there is no public health risk because the site was fenced off and the water was not used for drinking. In the 1950s, the Chemical Marketing Corporation built its headquarters in Harrison. The company moved its operations in 1997, but investigations of the Harrison site also revealed high levels of soil and groundwater pollution. In fact, pollution on these two industrial sites was so severe that they were later designated for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, which targets the nation’s most polluted hazardous waste sites for clean up and remediation.

More than 60 years later, the neighborhood’s population still reflects the effects of those practices.



Community Created, Community Stewarded

The seeds of the neighborhood association were first sown in May 1981 when the neighborhood began its participation in the city’s crime prevention program. Neighborhood residents responded by volunteering as block leaders and joining a neighborhood crime watch effort. For several years crime prevention was the main activity of neighborhood volunteers. In that time, 43 block leaders and area representatives in the neighborhood worked to reduce crime.  From this effort, there emerged a commitment to a wider range of neighborhood issues.

The Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) was formally organized in 1984 to address neighborhood problems. Tasks related to environmental issues, housing concerns, youth and family issues, economic development and crime and safety efforts were then divided up between members. Today, The Harrison neighborhood is one of the most culturally, racially, and economically diverse communities in Minneapolis. Harrison residents have built a rich history of art, creativity, and resilience. Local businesses have built a strong community of investment and possibility. We stand at the crossroads of opportunity and equity