Washington County HRA
321 Broadway Avenue St. Paul Park, Minnesota 55071

651-458-0936

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Washington County HRA administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 105 affordable rental units. It also administers 90 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Washington County HRA is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Washington County HRA between Public Housing Units (54%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (46%) to that of all housing authorities in Minnesota, Washington County HRA has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Minnesota.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Washington County HRA scored an average of 92 points. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2007 and a low score of 79 in 2003. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Minnesota is 82.05.

Washington County HRA has an average score that is more than the average Minnesota housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Washington County HRA manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 77. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. Scattered Site has a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Washington County HRA owns and manages 105 public housing units in 2 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Washington County HRA is $404.00 compared to the state average of $330.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Minnesota ranges from a low of $238.00 to a high of $522.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

Waiting List Status:


The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

2

Public Housing Projects

105

Public Housing Units

90

Section 8 Vouchers

Small (50 - 249)

Public Housing Size

Small (50 - 249)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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