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Valley Hi-Rise

261 E University Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55130

Located just west of 35E and across the street from Regions Hospital, 261 E. University is an 11 story building. Completed in 1963, it has 159 units, which include one bedroom and studio apartments. Special features include:

-Handicapped accessible units
-Bathtubs with showers
-Balconies on each floor
-On-site laundry facilities
-Barber/Beauty Shop (second floor)
-On-site management office
-Pool table in the community room
-Free parking
-Library in the community room
Special Services
-Senior Dining (weekdays, noon meal)
-Foot clinic
-OIR - Officer in Residence
-Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP) - for residents who need supportive services to continue independent living. CHSP offers frail elderly or disabled persons a noon and evening meal everyday, weekly assistance with housekeeping and service coordination.
-Accessible Space Incorporated (ASI) - for persons with disabilities needing assistance with personal care.


The activities available at 261 E. University are organized by the residents. Currently the following opportunities are available:

  • O.K. card program
  • Postal van (weekly)
  • Resident council (monthly)
  • Games
  • Holiday parties
  • Milkman (weekly)
  • Voting on site
  • Church service on site
  • Bookmobile (bi-weekly)


Unit (Bd/Ba) Ft2 Rent
Studio (Studio/1) - Call for Price
One Bedroom One Bath (1/1) - Call for Price

Valley Hi-Rise Details

  • 159 0 and one bedroom units.
  • Public Housing

Property Amenities

  • Many Activities
  • Community Room
  • Library
  • On-Site Management
  • Meal Services
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pool Table
  • Free Parking

Unit Amenities

  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Balconies or Patios Available
  • Bathroom Grab Bars

Nearby Amenities

  • Barber/ Beauty Salon

Public Housing

Since this property is owned and managed by a Public Housing Authority, all of the rents at this property are based on tenant incomes. Tenants will make a monthly contribution toward rent equal to 30% of their adjusted income. A housing authority may establish a minimum rent of up to $50.

Valley Hi-Rise is managed by Saint Paul Public Housing Agency.

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