Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority
325 Broadway
Fargo, Cass County, ND

701-293-6262 http://www.fargohousing.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is accepting applications.  The housing authority has several preferences that will boost ones place on the waiting list.  These preferences are:  50 years of age or older, children in household, veterans, disabled, victims of domestic violence. victims of natural disaster and other preferences.

To apply get the application here.

Make sure you read the housing authority's HCV page before submitting your application to make sure you are providing all the required documentation.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority (FHRA) is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior disabled individuals.


The FHRA offers two apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, one community dedicated for wheelchair accessibility, and Scattered Family sites, located throughout Fargo.

To apply for public housing, please follow this link to download an application, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to 325 Broadway, P.O. Box 430, Fargo, ND 58107. 

Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The FHRA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: family with children, employed, live and/or work in Fargo, require wheelchair accessibility, veteran, participant in the Money Follows Program, or currently a victim of domestic violence.

More information can be found by visiting the FHRA website at http://www.fargohousing.org/, or by calling 701-293-6262 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority operates 578 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 1% studio apartments, 64% 1 bedroom apartments, 19% 2 bedroom apartments, 12% 3 bedroom apartments and 4% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 540 out of a total 578 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 6.57%.

Family Type

Of the 449 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 34 (7.57%) were elderly, 415 (92.43%) were non-elderly, 209 (46.55%) were disabled, 137 (30.51%) contained children and 99 (22.05%) 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 Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority’s public housing developments is $564.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $465. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $327. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $653. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $362.

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 Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority portfolio, 19% of households identified as Black, 70% identified as White, and 3% 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 Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority properties, 311 were Extremely Low Income, 145 were Very Low Income, 52 were Low Income and 29 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority properties is $18,145. Of all public housing residents, 7% have no income and 23% earn more than $25,000 while 70% 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 Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority public housing 47% have wage income, 8% have welfare income, 57% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 35% have other income and 5% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 537 households containing 1,054 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 2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 30.51% of households included children. Across all household members in Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority public houins units 10.2% are aged zero to five and 22.3% are aged 6 to 17.

12.9% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 54.6% 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 Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority public housing communities. 28.31% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.06% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 61.63% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 6 projects which contain 574 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,279 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority between Public Housing Units (31%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (69%) to that of all housing authorities in North Dakota, Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority 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 North Dakota.

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, Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority scored an average of 97 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 86 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in North Dakota is 79.43.

Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority has an average score that is more than the average North Dakota 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.

Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority manages 4 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 84. The scores for properties managed by Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority range from a high of 99 to a low of 74.

The highest scoring property in the Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority portfolio is Fargo Scattered Site and the lowest scoring property is New Horizon Manor.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority have a passing score.

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

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 Fargo Housing And Redevelopment Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/5/11 Plan
2011 12/17/10 Plan
2010 1/8/10 Plan
2008 11/8/07 Plan
2007 11/16/06 Plan
2006 12/31/05 Plan
2005 11/23/04 Plan
2004 12/9/03 Plan
2003 12/23/02 Plan
2002 1/25/02 Plan
2001 1/2/01 Plan
2000 7/21/00 Plan