Minnesota Valley Action Council

706 North Victory Drive
Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota 56001

Minnesota Valley Action Council is a Public Housing Agency in Mankato, Minnesota that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of October 19th, 2019, Minnesota Valley Action Council has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Le Sueur and Faribault County, Minnesota Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Minnesota Valley Action Council serves Faribault County, Le Sueur County, Amboy, Eagle Lake, Good Thunder, Lake Crystal, Mankato, Mapleton and North Mankato.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Le Sueur and Faribault County, Minnesota Limited Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Minnesota Valley Action Council Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Le Sueur and Faribault County, Minnesota Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open on a limited basis. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Please note: According to the MVAC, "As of October 1, 2014 MVAC will only be accepting and processing applications for applicants that are considered established residents of either Faribault or Le Sueur County."

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online inquiry form here.
  2. For Faribault County, call (507) 526-5291 to request an application.
  3. For Le Sueur County, call (507) 357-4246 to request an application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live in Faribault or Le Sueur County.

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

For more information, visit the MVAC website, or call the office at (507) 345-0450.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 5073450450.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/20/2018.

About Minnesota Valley Action Council

More information about Minnesota Valley Action Council can be found on its website at https://www.mnvac.org/programs/housing/.

Representatives of Minnesota Valley Action Council may be available by phone at (507) 345-0450. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/19/2019, it is not known if Minnesota Valley Action Council 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 Minnesota Valley Action Council Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Minnesota Valley Action Council manages 92 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection
Vouchers 91 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $396 $300
Monthly Cost $36,027 $300

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Minnesota Valley Action Council

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 8 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $15,365 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 33% 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 57% 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, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 31% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% 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.

50% of households included children, 12% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

13% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Minnesota Valley Action Council Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 53% 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

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 46% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Minnesota Valley Action Council voucher holders in 2016 was $371 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $464. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $162.



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.