Stearns County HRA

401 West Wind Court
Cold Spring, Stearns County, Minnesota 56320

Stearns County HRA is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 7th, 2022, Stearns County HRA has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Stearns County HRA offers Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Stearns County and St. Joseph.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Stearns County HRA Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Stearns County HRA Waiting Lists

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Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Stearns County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SCHRA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families.

Please note: The SCHRA does not offer a Public Housing program for senior/disabled households.

The SCHRA offers one Public Housing community with 20 units for families that qualify for three bedroom.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the SCHRA to pick up a pre-application, located at 401 West Wind Court, Cold Spring, MN 56320, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.
  2. Request a pre-application be mailed to you by calling (320) 685-7771 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the address listed above, or mailed to PO Box 484, Cold Spring, MN 56320.

No documents are needed at this time.

The SCHRA does not have a preference.

Qualified applicants will be placed by the date and time the pre-application is received.

For more information, the SCHRA can be reached by calling (320) 685-7771 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (320)685-7771.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/28/2015.

About Stearns County HRA

Representatives of Stearns County HRA may be available by phone at (320) 685-7771. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/07/2022, it is not known if Stearns County HRA 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 Stearns County HRA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Stearns County HRA manages 213 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 155 43
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $471 $776
Monthly Cost $72,936 $33,382

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Stearns County HRA

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 21% having issued approximately 11 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 45 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3.3 persons and has a household income of $17,273 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 40% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% 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

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 18% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

61% of households included children, 27% 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.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 56% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Stearns County HRA Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 27% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

21% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 41% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Stearns County HRA voucher holders in 2016 was $427 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $470. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $74.

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 Stearns County HRA

Stearns County Lrph

125 10th Ave SE
St. Joseph, Minnesota

Low Income Housing Managed by Stearns County HRA

Burl Oaks Townhomes

725 Roberts Rd
Sartell, Minnesota
Income Based
2-3 BR