Minneapolis a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota

This city is served by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on September 8th, 2015

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in June 2008. There is no notice of when it will reopen.

According to the MPHA website, there are 7,000 applicants still on the waiting list. 

When the waiting list reopens, the MPHA will notify the public through local newspapers and other media. 

For more information, visit the MPHA website, or call the office at (612) 342-1400 during normal office hours.

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families, seniors, disabled, and near elderly households.

The MPHA offers 26 Public Housing communities with 6,244 units for families, seniors, disabled, and near elderly households.

Please note: For families, only the 3 to 5 bedroom waiting lists are open at this time.

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Families must apply online here. The pre-application portal is only available on the third Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm CT. The online pre-application is not designed for mobile phones.
  2. Senior households must visit the MPA office to submit a pre-application in person, located at 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  3. Disabled households must download the disabled pre-application online, and the medical release form online, then print and complete. 
  4. Near elderly households must download the near elderly pre-application online here, then print and complete.
Once the paper application (Disabled, near elderly) has been completed, it must be hand delivered to 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401, on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The MPHA does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: Disabled, elderly, near elderly, veteran, victim of natural disaster, victim of domestic violence, displaced by government action, victim of a hate crime, or living in substandard conditions.

For more information, visit the MPHA website, or call the office at (612) 342-1400 during normal office hours.

Market Overview

Minneapolis is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The population of Minneapolis, according to the 2010 Census, is 382,578. The total number of households in the city is 163,540. The average household size for Minneapolis is 2.01. The total number of renter households in the city is 83,101 which means that 50.8% of households are renter households.

Minneapolis’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

Section 8 47 4,556
LIHTC 73 3,500
RD 515 2 56
Section 202 8 438
Section 811 4 57
Public Housing 18
Total 124 9,813
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Minneapolis is 79.10. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the city is Riverside Plaza at 1303 units and the smallest is Becklund Outreach Inc. Aka Elliot House at 3 unit(s). 11 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 791 units. Of the 9,813 units, units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
Becklund Outreach Inc. Aka Elliot House 3
Ppl/elliot Apartments Ltd. Ptn. 24
Tchdc/paige Hall Ltd. Ptn. 69
East Bank Village Apartments 30
Stone Creek Village of Medicine Lake 130
Greenleaf Apartments
Chicago Ave. Apartments 60
Phillips Redesign 87
Creek Terrace 82
Emanuel Gaziano 15
Tallmage Green 26
Heritage Park Phase III 95
Bottineau Commons 119
Westbank Homes Cooperative 65
Daniel Remes 4
Plymouth Avenue Townhouses 136
Home Share 22
Ebenezer Park Apartments 200
Tchdc/phillips Nbr. Housing Trust 15
Seward Tower West 320
Calhoun Beach 16
Lamoreaux Addition - Opportunity Housing Expansion 39
2100 Bloomington 90
Olson Townhomes 92
Catholic Eldercare At St. Hedwig's 35
Gaar Scott Historic Lofts 30
Stonehouse Square Apartments 19
West Bank Homes III 17
Matthews Park Cooperative 24
The Boulevard 24
Central Apartments 61
Stevens Court Aka Abbott View 20
Ford House 11
Cecil Newman Plaza 64
Stevens Court 20
Kingsbury Prop. III S2 4
East Phillips Commons 34
Kingsley Commons 25
The Evergreen 88
Near Northside-1b1-heritage Park 69
18th 42
Lyndale Avenue Townhomes 23
Opportunity Hsg. Project 130
J 34
Park Plaza Apartments 134
Joseph Selvaggio Initiative 30
Many Rivers West 28
Whittier Townhomes 12
Little Earth of United Tribes 212
Riverside Plaza 1303
Riverbluff 30
Holmes Park 107
Stevens House Cooperative 67
Whittier Alliance 57
Bottineau Lofts 37
Families Moving Forward 12
Glenwood Lp 80
Phillips Towers Apartments 107
Stevens Community 59
Nath 77
Accessible Space 30
Maryland House Aka The Maryland 79
Booth Manor / Salvation Army 157
Bossen Park Apartments 110
Saint Barnabas Apartments 52
St. Paul's Home 53
Whittier Cooperative 45
11th Avenue South Apartments 5
Seward Square 81
Heritage Park Phase II 113
Clare Apartments 31
Collaborative Village Initiative 20
Powderhorn Res. Group 30
Trinity On Lake 24
Youth Housing Lp 30
West River Commons 53
Near Northside Development 1a-heritage Park 112
Lydia Apartments 40
Holmes Greenway Housing 50
Parkview Apartments -- Mpls 223
Seward Tower East 320
Northstar Ridge Apartments 56
Lindquist Apartments 21
Loring 100 Apartments 107
Oakhaven Townhouses 10
Milwaukee Avenue Townhouses 12
Kosciolek House 11
Gateway Phase I 36
Stone Arch Apartments 221
Findley Place Apartments 89
Thomas 5
Kingsbury Prop. III S1 4
Oakland Square 31
The Homewood Apartments 35
Near Northside-1b2-heritage Park 43
Diamond Hill Townhomes 66
Many Rivers East 50
Elliot Park Apartments 30
Portland Village 26
Walker On Lyndale 50
Labor Retreat 77
Marshall River Run Apartments 72
Central Community Housing Trust 130
Blaine Leased Housing Associates Lp 32
Loring Towers Apartments 230
Nicollet Towers 306
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Minneapolis

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.

In Minneapolis, there are 74 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to very low income households. In addition, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority provides 5,257 Section 8 rental vouchers in Minneapolis.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Minneapolis, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $42,900 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $25,750.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits


Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Minneapolis is in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Minneapolis is $85,800.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits


Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2,045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

In Project Based Section 8 properties, the owner sets the utility allowance after conducting a utility cost analysis. The amount of the allowance is reviewed and approved by HUD. The utility allowance is different for each size dwelling unit.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, utility allowances are set by the Public Housing Authority (PHA) that administers the program. The PHA sets the allowance based on reasonable utility costs for similar types and sizes of housing units to the unit the voucher holder is renting.

In Section 8 Project Based apartment communities, the maximum rent a tenant may pay is set by the landlord and approved by HUD each year. Initially, the rent charged by the apartment property is limited to the FMR for the area. In some instances, HUD may approve an initial rent of up to 120% of the FMR for the area. Owners may request and HUD may approve annual contract rent increases based on an Annual Adjustment Factor (AAF) determined by local housing and utility costs changes Though contract rents are seldom exactly the same amount as the Fair Market Rent for the area and each Project Based apartment property will have its own contract rent, the FMR can be used as an approximate guide of what maximum contract rents might be.

The amount a Section 8 Project Based tenant will pay is 30% of their adjusted income.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, the maximum amount the housing authority will pay a landlord is established each year for similar types and sizes of units and is called a Payment Standard. Each housing authority sets its own Payment Standard and usually sets the amount at between 90% and 110% of the Fair Market Rent for the area.

The amount a voucher holder pays for rent, often referred to as a Tenant Contribution, is equal to 30% of their income. If the rental the tenant selects has rent higher than the housing authority Payment Standard, a tenant may pay up to 40% of their income to make up the difference. At least initially, the tenant would not be allowed to pay more than 40% of their income and would have to find a different rental that has a qualifying rent amount.

In Minneapolis, under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority might pay a landlord with a two bedroom apartment to rent about $1,086 minus the utility allowance. Likewise, a renter in Minneapolis with a Section 8 voucher looking to rent a 3 bedroom apartment must find a rental that rents for about $1,538 per month (including the utility allowance). Any amount more than that, the voucher holder could pay the difference as long as they aren’t paying more than 40% of their income. (Note: These rent amounts are approximate since the housing authority’s Payment Standard is likely to be slightly different than HUD’s published FMR. These FMR’s should only be used as a guide. Check with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority for their actual HCV Payment Standard.)

2017 Fair Market Rents

$699 $862 $1,086 $1,538 $1,799

Fair Market Rent Percentage Change Since 1988

The affordable housing industry has long used the FMR as barometer for local rents. Though the geographic areas FMR’s are based on are broad and there are often wide variations in neighborhood rents throughout an MSA, in general, the FMR is one of the best quick tools one can use to judge housing costs in a place.

We took a look at historic FMR’s in Minneapolis and found that they have risen an average of 2.57% year over year. The first year in our sample is 1985 when the two bedroom FMR was $451. That same 2 bedroom apartment rent had increased to $920 by 2013. In 2002 the two bedroom FMR in Minneapolis saw it’s largest single year increase going up by 16.17%.

It’s also interesting to look at the FMR compared to the Consumer Price Index’s housing index to understand how Minneapolis rents have fluctuated in comparison to the rest of the Nation. The consumer price index grew an average of -0.89% year over year. The two bedroom FMR in Minneapolis has grown faster than the CPI indicating faster than average rent growth in the market.

The largest single year of 2 bedroom FMR growth was in 2002 at 16.17% while the smallest year of growth was 2006 with a 7.87% decrease.




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