Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority
819 Tenth Street
Worthington, Nobles County, MN

507-376-3655 http://www.worthingtonhra.com/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on April 5th, 2016.

Please note: The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program covers the Counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, and Redwood, MN.


The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (WHRA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Mail a written request to the WHRA office, to 819 Tenth Street, Worthington, MN 56187.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The following preferences have been identified: Live, work or attend school locally; elderly; disabled; households with dependent children; victims of domestic violence, near elderly, homeless.

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the pre-application is received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the WHRA website, or call the Section 8 office at (507) 376-9123.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 28th, 2015.

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (WHRA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The WHRA offers one Public Housing community with 136 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Visit the WHRA to pick up a pre-application, located at 819 10th Street, Worthington, MN 56187, during normal office hours.
  2. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete.
  3. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (507) 376-3655 during normal office hours. 
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

The WHRA does not have a preference. 

Qualified applicants will be placed by the date and time the pre-application is received.

For more information, visit the WHRA website, or call the office at (507) 376-3655 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority operates 136 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 75% 1 bedroom apartments, 3% 2 bedroom apartments, 19% 3 bedroom apartments and 2% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 130 out of a total 136 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4.41%.

Family Type

Of the 102 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 11 (10.78%) were elderly, 91 (89.22%) were non-elderly, 34 (33.33%) were disabled, 31 (30.39%) contained children and 26 (25.49%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s public housing developments is $372.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $222. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $364. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $729. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $629.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority portfolio, 21% of households identified as Black, 70% identified as White, and 20% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority properties, 71 were Extremely Low Income, 30 were Very Low Income, 19 were Low Income and 10 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority properties is $15,373. Of all public housing residents, 8% have no income and 20% earn more than $25,000 while 72% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority public housing 48% have wage income, 26% have welfare income, 52% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 50% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 130 households containing 235 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 1.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 30.39% of households included children. Across all household members in Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority public houins units 6.4% are aged zero to five and 25.5% are aged 6 to 17.

17.4% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 50.2% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority public housing communities. 21.54% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 13.08% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 65.38% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 136 affordable rental units. It also administers 250 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority 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 Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority between Public Housing Units (35%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (65%) to that of all housing authorities in Minnesota, Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority has a smaller 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, Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 85 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Minnesota is 82.05.

Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority 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)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/22/09 Plan
2008 1/29/08 Plan
2007 1/8/07 Plan
2006 11/7/05 Plan
2005 12/20/04 Plan
2004 11/6/03 Plan
2003 1/22/03 Plan
2002 12/21/01 Plan
2001 6/18/01 Plan
2000 4/21/00 Plan