About City of Mankato Economic Development Authority

The City of Mankato Economic Development Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Mankato, Minnesota.

The City of Mankato Economic Development Authority serves Mankato.

The City of Mankato Economic Development Authority and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authority operate the Section 8 and Public Housing program together as the Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities.

City of Mankato Economic Development Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The City of Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities (MBECEDA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The MBECEDA offers one Public Housing community with 179 units for families and senior/disabled individuals, ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

There are three ways to apply

  1. Visit the MBECEDA to pick up a pre-application, located at 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001, during normal office hours.
  2. Make an appointment by calling (507) 387-8600 during normal office hours.
  3. Download the application online here, and print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the address listed above during normal office hours.

No documents are needed at this time.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the MBECEDA website, or call the office at (507) 387-8600.

Last Updated on 04/12/2017.

Mankato, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authorities (MBECEDAs) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for local applicants for two weeks from April until May 2017; and prior to that for two weeks in April 2015.

Please note: According to the MBECEDAs, "At this time, the Mankato and Blue Earth County EDAs are only accepting applications from individuals and families who qualify for local preference:

Head of household or spouse must live in Blue Earth County, work at least 30 hours a week in Blue Earth County, or attend school fulltime in Blue Earth County.

Veterans that qualify for local preference will also receive Veteran’s Preference."

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the MEDA website, or call the office at (507) 387-8636.

Last Updated on 05/03/2017.


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 409 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 350 29 25 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $478 $614 $669 $432
Monthly Cost $167,258 $17,805 $16,728 $2,162

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.