About Becker County Economic Development Authority

The Becker County Economic Development Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

As of June 5th, 2015 we have confirmed Becker County Economic Development Authority has services or waiting list preferences for Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

The Becker County Economic Development Authority serves Becker County, Detroit Lakes, Audubon, Lake Park, Frazee, White Earth, Ogema and Elbow Lake.

Becker County Economic Development Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Becker County Economic Development Authority is managed by the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, and covers Becker County, MN, with the exception of Detroit Lakes, MN. Please click the link provided for information on that area. 

The Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation (MMCDC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families. 

Please note: The MMCDC does not offer a Public Housing program for senior/disabled households.

The MMCDC offers 25 scattered site homes for families, ranging in size from 3 to 5 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Request to have a pre-application mailed or emailed to you by calling (218) 846-7316 during normal office hours.
  2. Visit the MMCDC to pick up a pre-application, located at 119 Graystone Plaza, Suite 100, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501, during normal office hours.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Please note: According to the MMCDC, the office requires a, "payment of a $25 nonrefundable application fee for each adult to cover the cost associated with the eligibility review.:

Be sure to include copies of each household members Social Security Cards.

The MMCD does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: Displaced by a federally declared disaster, and who are section 8 holders or Public Housing residing in another jurisdiction. or live and/or work in Becker County.

For more information, visit the MMCDC website, or call the office at (218) 846-7316 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 09/04/2015.


About the Becker County Economic Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Becker County Economic Development Authority manages 56 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 55 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $338 $442
Monthly Cost $18,570 $442

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Becker County Economic Development Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 44% having issued approximately 1 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 9 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,414 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 8% of households had wages as a major source of income, 10% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 74% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

14% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 32% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 40% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

42% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 40% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

26% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 14% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Becker County Economic Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 45% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

22% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 50% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 38% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Becker County Economic Development Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $322 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $401. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $78.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.