Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

1001 Washington Avenue N
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota 55401
(612) 342-1400

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Moving to Work programs. As of June 18th, 2019, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Near-Elderly (50-61) Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Family 2, 4, and 5 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority serves Minneapolis.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Near-Elderly (50-61) Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Family 2, 4, and 5 Bedroom Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Senior Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Disabled Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Minneapolis, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Family 3 Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Open Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Near-Elderly (50-61) Public Housing Waiting List

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) Near-Elderly (50-61) Public Housing waiting list is currently open until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: This program is only for 1 and 2 person households.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Scroll down and select the link under "Online Pre-Application."

Once the application has been completed, it must be dropped off at the MPHA Leasing Department located at 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401 on Monday, Wednesday or Fridays, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm CT.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Near-Elderly, disabled, veteran, homeless, displaced by natural disaster, victim of domestic violence, displaced by government action, student or participant of self-sufficiency program, living in substandard housing. 

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MPHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via http://mphaonline.org/ra-lep-phone-number/; MPHA, Manager of Leasing, 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401; or TDD 1 (800)-627-3529.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 04/19/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Family 2, 4, and 5 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) Family Public Housing waiting list for 2, 4 and 5 bedroom apartments is currently open on the third Wednesday of each month, since at least 2018, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here, on the third Wednesday of each month; from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm CT. Opening dates for this year can be found here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Veteran, displaced by natural disaster, homeless, victim of domestic violence, displaced by government action, victim of a hate crime, or living in substandard housing, rent burdened.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MPHA Public Housing page, or the MPHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via http://mphaonline.org/ra-lep-phone-number/; MPHA, Manager of Leasing, 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401; or TDD 1 (800)-627-3529.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/16/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) is currently accepting Senior Public Housing waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: This program is only for 1 and 2 person households.

To apply, complete an application at 1001 Washington Avenue North, from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, disabled, veteran, homeless, displaced by natural disaster, victim of domestic violence, displaced by government action, student or participant of self-sufficiency program, living in substandard housing.

For more information, visit the MPHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via http://mphaonline.org/ra-lep-phone-number/; MPHA, Manager of Leasing, 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401; or TDD 1 (800)-627-3529.

Last Updated on 04/19/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) Disabled Public Housing waiting list is currently open until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

Please note: This program is only for 1 and 2 person households.

To apply, download and print the application online here. Scroll down and select the link under "Online Pre-Application."

Once the application has been completed, it must be dropped off at the MPHA Leasing Department located at 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401 on Monday, Wednesday or Fridays, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm CT.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Near-Elderly, disabled, veteran, homeless, displaced by natural disaster, victim of domestic violence, displaced by government action, student or participant of self-sufficiency program, living in substandard housing. 

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the MPHA Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via http://mphaonline.org/ra-lep-phone-number/; MPHA, Manager of Leasing, 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401; or TDD 1 (800)-627-3529.

Last Updated on 04/19/2019.

Other Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Minneapolis, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one week in June, 2019; and before that in June, 2008. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preference.

According to the MPHA, "The housing authority will award 95% of waiting list placements to applicants who live, work, or attend school in Minneapolis. The remaining 5% of waiting list placements will be awarded to any other applicant. The residency preference does not have the purpose or effect of delaying or otherwise denying admission based on race, color, ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, or age of any member of the applicant family."

For more information, visit the MPRA website.

Last Updated on 06/18/2019.

Closed: Family 3 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) Family Public Housing waiting list for 3 bedroom apartments is currently closed. It was last open in May, 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the MPHA Public Housing page here.

Last Updated on 12/19/2018.

About Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

More information about Minneapolis Public Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.mphaonline.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/18/2019, it is not known if Minneapolis Public Housing Authority 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 Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority manages 4,667 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 92 42 4,123 188 222
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,070 $1,064 $688 $913 $613
Monthly Cost $98,456 $44,684 $2,837,531 $171,681 $136,039

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Minneapolis Public Housing 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 7% having issued approximately 767 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 13 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 3 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.9 persons and has a household income of $15,071 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% of households had wages as a major source of income, 16% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 43% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% 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.

57% of households included children, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

85% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 79% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 18% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 78% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

37% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 6% 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 Minneapolis Public Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $317 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $957. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $53.



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.


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