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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 Status : Open

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.

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.

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