City of Mankato Economic Development Authority

10 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota 56001
(507) 387-8600

Open today from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

City of Mankato Economic Development Authority is a public housing agency in Mankato, Minnesota that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing, and Mainstream Voucher programs. As of April 18th, 2019, City of Mankato Economic Development Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Blue Earth County, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on April 8th, 2020. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

City of Mankato Economic Development Authority serves Blue Earth County.

The City of Mankato Economic Development Authority and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authority operate together as the Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Blue Earth County, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Public Housing Open Indefinitely

Open City of Mankato Economic Development Authority Waiting Lists

Open Now: Blue Earth County, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Waiting List Summary

  • What: Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
  • When:  April 8th, 2019  at 12:00 AM  CT - April 8th, 2020 at 12:00 AM CT
  • How to Apply:  Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Date and Time
  • Preferences:  Displaced by Natural Disaster.  Victims of Domestic Violence.  Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.  Veterans.  Displaced by Government Action.  Disabled.  Learn More About Preferences

Waiting List Details

The Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities (MBECEDA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from April 8, 2019 at 12:00 am, until April 8, 2020 at 12:00 am CT. It was last open for two weeks in April, 2017 and before that for two weeks in April, 2015.

To apply, complete the online application here.                                 

This waiting list has the following preferences: head of households or spouse/co-heads who live, work, or attend school in Blue Earth County, non-elderly disabled households who live, work, or attend school in Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, or Winona Counties of Southeast Minnesota, applicants with veteran status based on DD-214 discharge papers showing previous service, or at least 181 consecutive dates, or by reason of disability incurred while on active duty, applicant being displaced due to natural disaster or government action, applicant is being displaced due to domestic violence.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, read the MBECEDA public notice, or visit the MBECEDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (507) 387-8600.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/08/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The City of Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities (MBECEDA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least April, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are three ways to apply

  1. Pick up an application at the MBECEDA office, located at 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001.
  2. Calling (507) 387-8600 to schedule an appointment
  3. Download and print the application online here. Select the application link in the bottom paragraph.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the MBECEDA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (507) 387-8600.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/05/2019.

About City of Mankato Economic Development Authority

More information about City of Mankato Economic Development Authority can be found on its website at https://www.mankatomn.gov/city-services-a-z/city-services-a-m/housing.

HCV Portability Status

As of 03/28/2019, City of Mankato Economic Development Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the City of Mankato Economic Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, City of Mankato Economic Development Authority manages 394 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 333 27 29 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $457 $515 $900 $383
Monthly Cost $152,229 $13,895 $26,102 $1,916

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Mankato 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 11% having issued approximately 38 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $16,335 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% of households had wages as a major source of income, 9% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 52% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 58% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

49% of households included children, 15% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

43% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 40% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Mankato Economic Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 92% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 34% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 City of Mankato Economic Development Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $399 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $582. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $85.



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.


Public Housing Operated by City of Mankato Economic Development Authority

Orness Plaza and Scattered Family Site

900 Hope St
Mankato, MN
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