About Washington County Community Development Agency

The Washington County Community Development Agency is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Woodbury, Minnesota.

The Washington County Community Development Agency serves Washington County, Oakdale, Forest Lake, Mahtomedi, Stillwater, Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Afton, Bayport, Baytown, Birchwood Village, Dellwood, Denmark, Grant, Grey Cloud Island, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach, Landfall, Marine on St. Croix, May, Pine Springs, St. Marys Point, St. Paul Park, Scandia, Stillwatership, West Lakeland and Willernie.

Washington County Community Development Agency Waiting Lists

Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (WCHRA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the WCHRA website, or call the office at (651) 458-0936 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 01/07/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Washington County Community Development Agency (WCCDA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time. The 1-4 Bedroom waiting lists were last open for three days in September 2017. 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: Live or work in Washington County; displaced by federal, state, or local government action.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the WCCDA website, or call the office at (651) 458-0936.

Last Updated on 09/21/2017.

More information about Washington County Community Development Agency can be found on its website at http://www.wchra.com/.


About the Washington County Community Development Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Washington County Community Development Agency manages 89 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 88 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $605 $865
Monthly Cost $53,214 $865

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Washington County Community Development Agency

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 5% having issued approximately 92 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 20 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $16,535 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 55% 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, 60% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

55% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 53% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

52% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 47% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Washington County Community Development Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 21% include at least one person with a disability. 38% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 52% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

29% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 27% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Washington County Community Development Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $431 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $3,613. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $75.



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.