About Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Bemidji, Minnesota.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota serves Bemidji.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

The HRAB offers one Public Housing community with 120 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the HRAB to pick up a pre-application, located at  619 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, from 8:30 am until 4:30 am CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (218) 444-4522, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the HRAB can be reached by calling (218) 444-4522 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 08/28/2015.


About the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota manages 206 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 197 9
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $388 $842
Monthly Cost $76,386 $7,578

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota

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 9 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 16 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 $11,504 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 21% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 54% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

9% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

53% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 50% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

43% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 12% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% 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. 50% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 46% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Bemidji, Minnesota voucher holders in 2016 was $296 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $524. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $64.



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.