Harrison Neighborhood Association is Hiring! Application closes November 20th. View job description here

HNA Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee Meeting Wednesday, August 31st: Time = 7pm to 9pm.

August 15th, 2016 Board Meeting Agenda

July Board Meeting Minutes

 New Board Meeting Time: 3rd Monday of the Month, the upcoming Board Meeting Time will be on Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 7pm to 9pm.

MANDATORY Harrison Neighborhood Association Board Member Training:

The Mandatory HNA Board Member Training Dates are Thursday July 21st OR Saturday August 6th.

Thursday July 21st Board Training Class starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. Will be held at HNA Office.

Saturday August 6th Board Training Class starts at 11:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm. Will be held at HNA Office.


Board Documents, Please click below for PDF:

Board Meeting Minutes June 13, 2016

Board Agenda for July 11th 2016 Board Meeting at 503 Irving Avenue North Suite 100

NOTICE: If anyone in the community or public has any information on the individuals that are responsible for the flyers below, please let HNA and the City of Minneapolis know at info@hnampls.org. Or you can leave a message at 612-374-4849. The flyers below were NOT issued by HNA, and HNA does NOT endorse the content or message of the flyers. The group known as, "Harrison Strong" does NOT express and embody the mission and vision of HNA. Individuals are free to express their own opinions and views, but such views should not be misrepresented to the public as the views of the Harrison Neighborhood Association without HNA's prior approval. Thank You!

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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 efforts on matters of common concern.

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). 

New Office Hours!

Monday-Wednesday: 10:00am-2:00pm

Thursday-Friday: 1:30pm-6:00pm


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.  

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.