Public housing

Minneapolis public housing official Kyle Hanson named first director of Agate Housing and Services

Kyle Hanson, director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, has been named the first executive director of the nonprofit Agate Housing and Services in Minneapolis.

Hanson, who leads housing policy and housing choice voucher programs for city authorities, will join Agate Housing on July 18.

The non-profit organization was created last year by the merger of St. Stephen’s Social Services and the House of Charity.

Hanson has over two decades of experience working in non-profit organizations and with the housing authority.

“I am so excited to take on the leadership of Agate Housing and Services during this pivotal time for the organization,” he said in a statement.

Hanson is also an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

St. Stephen’s Human Services and House of Charity, two longtime nonprofits in Minneapolis, merged in 2021 and adopted the name Agate in May. In 2021, Agate served over 5,000 homeless people with street services, emergency shelter beds, food, housing, mental health services and other programs.

Agate, which has about 150 employees, is seeking state funding for a new $10 million shelter in south Minneapolis that would free up one of two downtown shelters for housing.

The nonprofit is also rebuilding the downtown House of Charity catering building, which was badly damaged by fire in January. Renovations are expected to be completed this fall.