Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

2122 Campus Drive SE
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota 55904

Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Rochester, Minnesota that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Olmsted County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Olmstead County, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Olmstead County, Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (OCHRA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 2, 2019, until October 8, 2019. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Residency Preference
    • The HRA will offer a preference to any family who are Olmsted County residents.
  • Employment, Education, Elderly or Disabled
    • The HRA will offer a preference to families who work at least 20 hours/week or have been hired to work in Olmsted County; attend post-secondary education full-time in Olmsted County; or is elderly or disabled.
  • Homeless
    • The HRA will offer a preference to families who are homeless

500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OCHRA website.

Last Updated on 10/09/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (OCHRA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 2-bedroom Townhome units for three days in July, 2019. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Working (20+ hours per week). Elderly and Disabled persons also qualify for the Working preference.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

The waiting list closed after 300 applications were received.

For more information, visit the OCHRA website.

Last Updated on 07/15/2019.

About Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

More information about Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority can be found on its website at https://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/cs/ochra/rentalasstnc/Pages/default.aspx.

Representatives of Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority may be available by phone at (507) 328-7150. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/18/2019, it is not known if Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment 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 Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority manages 537 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 510 1 1 12 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $533 $202 $1,117 $981 $462
Monthly Cost $271,932 $202 $1,117 $11,773 $6,002

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment 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 10% having issued approximately 55 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 19 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3.2 persons and has a household income of $15,366 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 85% were extremely low income (ELI). 37% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 53% 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, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

58% of households included children, 16% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 67% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

23% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $423 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $644. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



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 Operated by Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Public Housing

1716 8 1/2 St SE
Rochester, MN
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Apartment Communities managed by Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Gage East

920 40th Street NW
Rochester, MN
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