About Grand Forks Housing Authority

The Grand Forks Housing Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The Grand Forks Housing Authority serves Grand Forks.

Grand Forks Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Grand Forks Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Grand Forks Housing Authority covers Grand Forks County, ND.

The Grand Forks Housing Authority (GFHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on April 14, 2015, and is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply:
 
  1. Download and print the pre-application online here. The pre-application can be found on the bottom of the list of links, titled "MAIN Application."
  2. Pick up a pre-application at the GFHA, located at 1405 1st Ave. N, Grand Forks, ND 58203, during normal office hours.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be:

  1. Mailed to the GFHA office at the address above.
  2. Emailed to shallick@grandforksgov.com.
  3. Faxed to the GFHA at (701) 746-2548.
Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the GFHA website, or call the office at (701) 746-2545.

Last Updated on 10/25/2016.


About the Grand Forks Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Grand Forks Housing Authority manages 1,205 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,100 9 12 3 57 21
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $476 $300 $756 $306 $651 $471
Monthly Cost $523,512 $2,701 $9,067 $919 $37,121 $9,883

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Grand Forks Housing 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 9% having issued approximately 122 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 12 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 $13,590 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 56% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

35% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 20% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Grand Forks Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 31% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 50% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Grand Forks Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $332 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $632. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $93.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Grand Forks Housing Authority

600 1st Ave N
The Aurora on Griggs Square is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Grand Forks. Rents at The Aurora on Griggs Square are $620-820.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Grand Forks.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
3397 Primrose Court
Primrose Court is a 48 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Grand Forks. Rents at Primrose Court are $740-840.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Grand Forks.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1224 Walnut Street
Alcott Manor Apartments is a 45 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Grand Forks. Rents at Alcott Manor Apartments are Income Based.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Grand Forks.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit