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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin

308 2nd Avenue NE
Austin, Mower County, Minnesota 55912

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of August 13th, 2020, Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin serves Austin.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin Website: http://www.austinhra.org.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin Phone: (507) 433-1866.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin (HRAA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The HRAA offers three Public Housing communities with 361 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply
  1. Visit the HRAA to pick up a pre-application, located at 308 2nd Avenue NE, Austin, MN 55912, during normal office hours.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (507) 433-1866 during normal office hours.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: A copy of Social Security cards, ID/immigration card for all adult household members.

Preferences for: Elderly individuals.

For more information, visit the HRAA website, or call the office at (507) 433-1866.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (507)433-1866.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/28/2015.

About Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin

More information about Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin can be found on its website at http://www.austinhra.org.

Representatives of Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin may be available by phone at (507) 433-1866. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/13/2020, it is not known if Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin manages 176 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 162 13 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $281 $181 $421
Monthly Cost $45,464 $2,350 $421

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin

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 24% having issued approximately 7 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,719 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 50% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

39% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

28% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 21% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% 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. 53% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

46% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin voucher holders in 2016 was $333 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $454. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $118.



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 Apartments Operated by Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin

Twin Towers

200 1st Ave NE
Austin, Minnesota

Pickett Place

808 1st Dr NW
Austin, Minnesota

Scattered Sites

1002 15th Ave NE
Austin, Minnesota