Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Section 8) is a federal housing program funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HRA has operated HUD’s program since 1979. This program provides affordable rent to eligible applicants who rent units in the private sector.
The program is open to low-income individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or status regarding public assistance. Rent is based on 30% of the household’s adjusted gross income. Program participants select a privately owned house, apartment, duplex or mobile home where the property owner is willing to accept voucher-assisted tenants. All assisted rental units must pass an inspection to ensure that subsidized housing is decent, safe, sanitary, and meets federally established Housing Quality Standards. The HRA administers this program to citizens residing in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue (excluding the City of Red Wing), Houston, Wabasha, and Winona Counties.
The Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA waiting list for the Housing Choice Program (Section 8) will be opening on August 7, 2023.
To apply, visit: www.semmchra.us and click on the applicant login. Then select “click here to register” and follow the prompts to complete registration. Once you have registered, click the online application button in your portal to complete the application.
Applications received will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they were received.
New applicants are offered assistance when current voucher holders leave the program. Applicants are contacted based on their position on the waiting list. When your name reaches the top of the waiting list and vouchers are available, you will be emailed a letter to the email address on file.
You must keep the Housing Authority informed of any changes to your contact information through the applicant portal (Rent Café).