LLHA Housing service department

The mission for the Leech lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority is to develop affordable homes and housing opportunities for all Native American families on th Leech Lake Reservation, to provide efficient/sensitive services that lead to self-sufficient tenant/home owners and healthy safe communities.


The Housing Services Program provides many services to our residents. “We are here to help you.” Our program has specific goals and objectives to meet the needs of the residents, while complying with regulations that govern the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority.


The following is a list of goals of the Housing Services Program.

  • To provide explanations of the Mutual Help Program and Low-Income Rental Programs to the residents, ensuring your understanding and awareness of your rights and responsibilities in the housing program.
  • To develop training courses as needed by the residents to enhance your quality of life. We strongly encourage all tenants to suggest topics and participate in these sessions.
  • To provide information and coordinate referral services with tribal, state, and federal agencies to provide family and social services.
  • To provide you the opportunity to develop skills which will help you maintain and enjoy your home; therefore, reducing maintenance and repair costs and, delinquent accounts.
  • To provide transportation to any residents that have no other form of transportation to and from referral service.
  • To provide activities that will enhance growth and opportunities to LLBOHA youth. Activities include awareness of the Anishinabe culture and basic social issues of today’s society.
  • To welcome new ideas and suggestions on how to better serve our residents. We look forward to support from you in planning and implementing future activities.


Tenant Advocacy

The purpose of Advocacy is help the LLHA Residents remain in compliance with their lease agreements. Here are just a few examples of what we can do for you.

  • We can do Home Visits/Phone contacts
  • We can pick up rent payments
  • We deliver recertification's, assisted on filling out Recertification's
  • Assist on New Move-In's (refer tenant to HRP for funiture)
  • Assisting the tenants with the CAP "Corrected Action Plans" - These are plans that are developed to help the tenant remain in compliance with their lease agreement. A CAP agreement can correct any violations within the lease, pick up rent, provide a check off list for Housekeeping to assist the tenant with some organizational goals, provide an affordable rent collection schedule. The Advocates are here to help the tenants complete their CAP successfully.
  • We can request work orders for you from your CAP but it is still the tenant's responsibility to make sure your calling in work that needs to be done.
  • We provide "minimal" transportation to those residents that have no other means of transportation to and from referral service.
  • We assist in local activities that enhance the growth and opportunity to the LLHA.


Waiting List Info

Contact Person: Brenda Rice

Application Requirements: For an application to be processed as "COMPLETE", it must have the following information included.

  • Copy of social security card for ALL household members
  • Copy of tribal identification
  • Income verification


Do not leave any questions blank, if the application does not have all the required information requested; your application will be considered "INCOMPLETE". For any Two (2) Consecutive missed updates the applicant will be removed from the Waiting List (Due to policy).


Point System

  • Date of application 25 points
  • Head of household/spouse or children of the HH is an enrolled member of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Proof of custody/guardianship must be provided 20 points
  • Head of household or children are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe 5 points.
  • Applicant is local resident (within LL reservation service area; One (1) year to Three (3) 5 points, Three (3) to Ten (10) years 10 points, Over Ten (10) years 25 points
  • Applicant is 62 years old or over 5 points, Disabled (must provide proof) 5 points, Veteran (must provide proof) 20 points, Transfer to different area -25 points, Update every Six (6) months 10 points.
  • * Until you reach 100 then every 6 months update 1 point will be added.

Housing Services/

tenant advocacy

Tenant Advocates for the community are available from 8:00am-7:00pm

General Staff Contact Info

  • Call: 218.335.8280

Toby Losh

  • Cell: 218.766.9739 | Work: 218.335.3690

Paula LaRose

  • Cell: 218.308.3259 | Work: 218.335.8294

Cathy Howard

  • Cell: 218.368.7695 | Work: 218.214.0822


Housing Service Department Staff

Esther Howard

  • Housing Service Coordinator

Brenda Rice

  • Hsg. Compliance Specialist (Low Rent)

Reggie Wind

  • Collections Specialist

Dolly Bowstring

  • Warehouse Manager


The Housing Authority Resident Services Tenant Advocates for the Community are:

The housing services program provides outreach services to the LLHA residents. This is our mission to help you. Our program has organized goals and objectives to meet the needs of the residents, while complying with regulations that govern the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority.


Contact Info

Main Phone line: 218.335.8280

Fax Line: 218.335.8367

Emergency Pager: 218.759.6035

Address: 611 Elm Ave NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633


LLHA Executive Management Team

Harry Entwistle

  • Executive Director

Toni McClanahan

  • Finance Officer

Gina Fairbanks

  • Human Resource Manager


LLHA Board of Commissioners

Terri Goggleye

  • Chairperson
  • Home (218)665-2350 Cell (218)407-4011

Evelyn "Evie" Brown

  • Vice Chairperson
  • (218)368-0346

Samuel "Tuffy" johnson Jr

  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • (218)398-1878

Amanda YoungRunningCrane

  • District I BOC Member
  • (218)398-3107

Shawn Monroe

  • Distict II BOC Member
  • (218)760-3908

Leonard "Jess" Headbird

  • Distict III BOC Member
  • (218)407-1571



Main: (218) 335-8280

Toll Free: 1-866-233-2233

Emergencies Only: 218-759-6035

Address: 611 Elm Avenue | P.O. Box 938 | Cass Lake, MN 56633

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority – Cass Lake, MN – Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority – www.llboha.org

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Finance Office Fall/Winter Hours:

Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm

First Saturday of the Month 8:00am-12:00 noon

Learn About Our Point System and how you can increase your points for housing.

  • 25 Points - Date of Application
  • 20 Points - Head of Household is an enrolled member of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • 10 Points - Every 6 month update to 100 points
  • 10 Points - Applicant is a local resident for 3 - 10 years.

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