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 closed February 15, 2024
Beginning February 15, 2024, and until further notice, the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA will stop accepting applications for its Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance program. The PHA will not accept any applications received after 11:59 PM on February 14, 2024.
All applications received prior to February 15th will be processed according to the PHA’s approved policies. The policies include preferences for those who live, work or attend school in the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA jurisdiction, elderly, disabled, families with children, homeless, victim of domestic abuse and for veterans, or active military service member.
The Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County HRA will announce in advance when the waiting list will reopen for new applications.