Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program helps low-income households pay the rent on market-rate rental units that are decent, safe and sanitary. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the HRA on behalf of the household. The household then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. The HRA has 950 HCV vouchers.

Qualifications

To qualify for a Housing Choice Voucher, you must fall within Minnesota’s income limits. The HRA will also do a criminal background check screening for drug, violent and/or sexual criminal activity.

To apply:

The waiting list is currently closed and no applications are being accepted.

 


Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

Description:

The HUD-VASH program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics. The HRA has 75 HUD-VASH vouchers.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be eligible for VA health care services,
  • Require and engage in case management services to obtain and sustain housing, and
  • Are homeless. Priority is given to those veterans who meet the definition of chronically homeless and with high vulnerability. 

To apply: 

The HRA obtains referrals for this program from the St. Cloud VA Healthcare System. For more information, or to apply for this program, contact Jamie Schmitz at 320-248-1459.


Mainstream Voucher Program

Description:

The Mainstream Voucher Program provides vouchers for low-income households that includes a non-elderly adult with disabilities. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Household must have at least one member between the ages of 18-61 who is disabled.
  • To qualify for a Mainstream voucher, you must be on the waiting list for HCV and fall within Minnesota’s income limits. (link to website). The HRA will also do a criminal background check screening for drug, violent and/or sexual criminal activity.

To apply: 

The waiting list is currently closed and no applications are being accepted.


Foster Youth Initiative Vouchers

Description:

The FYI Voucher program targets housing assistance to young adults under the age of 25 who are, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to go to.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Between the ages of 18 years and not more than 24 years of age;
  • Left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, in accordance with a transition plan described in section 475(5)(H) of the Social Security Act at age 16 or older; and
  • Is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Eligibility is not limited to single persons. For example, pregnant and/or parenting youth are eligible to receive assistance assuming they otherwise meet eligibility requirements.

To apply:

The HRA obtains referrals for this program from Benton County, Sherburne County, and Stearns County Public Child Welfare Agencies.

 


Project Based Assistance Voucher Program (PBA)

Description:

The PBA program provides qualified households with monthly rental assistance. The HRA administers PBA contracts at four rental properties: Westwood Village Apartments One, Swisshelm Village Apartments One and Two, and Eastwood Apartments.

To apply: 

The waiting list is currently closed and no applications are being accepted.


Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV)

Description:

The HRA was awarded 48 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) by HUD through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 

Eligible populations are limited to individuals or families that meet one of the following:

  • Currently experiencing homelessness
  • At risk of homelessness
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
  • Recently homeless and providing rental assistance will prevent the family's homelessness or having a high risk of housing instability

The HRA does not maintain a waiting list for EHV. The HRA accepts referrals from the Central MN Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry, and current and former residents of Anna Marie's Alliance, Lutheran Social Services Saving Grace, and Terebinth Refuge.

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above, please contact one of the agencies listed below:

Central MN Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry
866-560-7464
Anna Marie’s Alliance (servicing current and former residents):
PO Box 367
St. Cloud, MN  56302
320-251-7203
Crisis Line 320-253-6900
Lutheran Social Services Saving Grace (servicing current and former residents):
22 Wilson Ave. NE
St. Cloud, MN  56304
320-251-7700
866-824-3770
Terebinth Refuge (servicing current and former residents):
110 2nd St. S.
Waite Park, MN  56387
320-828-7721

 

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