Grand Forks Housing Authority
1405 First Avenue North
Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, ND


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Grand Forks Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 25th, 2016.

Please note: The Grand Forks Housing Authority covers Grand Forks County, ND.

The Grand Forks Housing Authority (GFHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on April 14, 2015, and is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Download and print the pre-application online here. The pre-application can be found on the bottom of the list of links, titled "MAIN Application."
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the GFHA, located at 1405 1st Ave. N, Grand Forks, ND 58203, during normal office hours.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be:

  1. Mailed to the GFHA office at the address above.
  2. Emailed to
  3. Faxed to the GFHA at (701) 746-2548.
Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the GFHA website, or call the office at (701) 746-2545.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Grand Forks Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 1,265 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Grand Forks Housing Authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Grand Forks Housing Authority is among the 58% of North Dakota housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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, Grand Forks Housing 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 85 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in North Dakota is 79.43.

Grand Forks Housing 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 (, 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 Grand Forks Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 12/2/11 Plan
2011 12/21/10 Plan
2010 1/8/10 Plan
2009 11/12/08 Plan
2007 7/26/07 Plan
2006 8/4/06 Plan
2005 12/31/05 Plan
2003 10/1/03 Plan
2002 11/19/02 Plan
2001 4/3/02 Plan
2000 1/2/01 Plan