About Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority

The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Worthington, Minnesota.

The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves the state of Minnesota.

Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (WHRA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The WHRA offers one Public Housing community with 136 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Visit the WHRA to pick up a pre-application, located at 819 10th Street, Worthington, MN 56187, during normal office hours.
  2. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete.
  3. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (507) 376-3655 during normal office hours. 
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

The WHRA does not have a preference. 

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

For more information, visit the WHRA website, or call the office at (507) 376-3655 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Public Housing Opening
  • How To Apply:
    • Mail Application
    • In Person Application

Last Updated on 08/28/2015.

Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program covers the Counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, and Redwood, MN.
The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (WHRA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the pre-application online here.
  2. Mail a written request to the WHRA office, to 819 Tenth Street, Worthington, MN 56187.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

The following preferences have been identified: Live, work or attend school locally; elderly; disabled; households with dependent children; victims of domestic violence, near elderly, homeless.

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the pre-application is received, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the WHRA website, or call the Section 8 office at (507) 376-9123.

Last Updated on 04/05/2016.


About the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority manages 221 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 179 15 12
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $336 $307 $903
Monthly Cost $60,172 $4,604 $10,837

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Worthington 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 18% having issued approximately 11 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 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 34 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $14,792 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% of households had wages as a major source of income, 10% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 48% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 61% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.

63% of households included children, 14% of which had two adults in the household. 55% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

39% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 33% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 56% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 39% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $353 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $409. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $89.



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.