Seward Tower East
2910 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota 55406

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Funding Programs

Seward Tower East was developed and operates with Federal housing financing. The property utilizes the Project Based Sec. 8 Federal housing program to make rent affordable to lower income tenants.

Section 8

Seward Tower East has a project-based Section 8 contract. 307 of the 320 total units at the property receive Section 8 assistance. This means that 96% of the renter households in the property pay no more than 30% of their adjusted income for rent.

The current Section 8 contract was effective on July 01, 2015 and the contract expires on June 30, 2035. The Section 8 contract rent is 113.6% of the Fair Market Rent for the area. According to the HUD Multifamily database, the fair market rents for the area are $656.00 for Zero Bedroom, $813.00 for One Bedroom, and $1,027.00 for Two Bedroom.

31% of Minnesota properties and 26% of all properties across the country have Section 8 rental subsidies. See the Rent Subsidies section for more.


Seward Tower East is an affordable apartment community located in Minneapolis, Minnesota which is located in Hennepin County. The property is located in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District served by Representative Keith Ellison (D), Senator Alan Franken (D) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D).

Seward Tower East is an apartment community containing 307 rental units. The property contains 299 bedrooms and based on typical apartment occupancy limits, Seward Tower East is home to not more than 548 persons when fully occupied.

Rent Subsidies

Seward Tower East provides rental subsidies to renters. The type of subsidy provided to apartment renters in Minneapolis, MN by this property is Project Based Sec. 8.

This subsidy allows the renter to pay 30% of his or her income for rent while the subsidy pays the difference. To qualify, a renter must earn 50% or less of the Area Median Income.

There is a minimum rent payment of not less than $25 and as much as $50 for all subsidy recipients at this property. That means that even if a renter has zero income, they will still be required to pay rent. In recent years, there have been various legislative proposals to increase the Section 8 minimum rent but advocates make the valid point that minimum rents affect the poorest of the poor.

Unit Mix

Seward Tower East contains a mix of 307 assisted studio, one, and two bedroom apartments for rent. There are 54 Studio, 207 One Bedroom, and 46 Two Bedroom apartments in this property. The unit mix is 18% Studio, 67% One Bedroom, and 15% Two Bedroom apartment rentals. The average bedroom size for Seward Tower East is 0.93.

Minnesota's 5th

Congressional District


Total Units


Project Based Sec. 8 Units


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Project Based Sec. 8 Contract Expiration

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Unit Mix


Average Bedroom Size

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