Affordable Housing In Hennepin County
Minnesota

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There are 296 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 28,228 affordable apartments for rent in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 18,213 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 8,320 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Hennepin County. There are 13,879 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hennepin County is the Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Hennepin County

Image of Audubon Crossing
951 Lowry Ave NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Audubon Crossing is a low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Minneapolis. Rents at Audubon Crossing are $722-1,000.
Image of Louisiana Court
2720 Louisiana Court
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Louisiana Court is a low income housing apartment community that provides St.-3 bedroom apartments for rent in St. Louis Park. Rents at Louisiana Court are $620-1,030.
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5359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Vantage Flats is a 37 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Minneapolis. Rents at Vantage Flats are Income Based.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Minneapolis.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1421 Yale Place
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Booth Manor Salvation Army is a 157 unit low income housing apartment community in Minneapolis.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
9 7Th Ave S
Hopkins, Minnesota
Hopkins Village Apartments is a 322 unit low income housing apartment community in Hopkins.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Hennepin County

The Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Other Housing Authorities located in Hennepin County

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mound is a Public Housing public housing agency in Mound, Minnesota.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hopkins is a Public Housing public housing agency in Hopkins, Minnesota.

The St. Louis Park Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota.

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

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

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Hennepin County, Minnesota

Hennepin County, MN Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 296
Total Low Income Apartments 28,228
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 18,213
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.29%
Average Renter Household Size 2.18
Total Population 1,197,776
Housing Units 490,196
Average Household Size 2.39
Median Household Income $65,834 ±$616
Median Rent $951 ±$8
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.27% ± 0.96pp

Population and Household Demographics

Hennepin County is a County in Minnesota with a population of 1,197,776. There are 490,196 households in the county with an average household size of 2.39 persons. 37.29% of households in Hennepin County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Hennepin County

The median gross income for households in Hennepin County is $65,834 a year, or $5,486 a month. The median rent for the county is $951 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Hennepin County, a household making less than $3,170 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.27% of households who rent are overburdened in Hennepin County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.96 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Hennepin County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Hennepin County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $90,400

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Hennepin County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Hennepin County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $19,000 $21,700 $24,400 $27,100 $29,300 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $31,650 $36,200 $40,700 $45,200 $48,850 $52,450 $56,050 $59,700
80% $47,600 $54,400 $61,200 $68,000 $73,450 $78,900 $84,350 $89,800

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Hennepin County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2012, 126 low income apartment communities containing 8,779 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Hennepin County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Hennepin County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Hennepin County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $31,650 $36,200 $40,700 $45,200 $48,850 $52,450 $56,050 $59,700
60% $37,980 $43,440 $48,840 $54,240 $58,620 $62,940 $67,260 $71,640

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Hennepin County is $48,840 a year, or $4,070 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,070 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,221 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $791 $848 $1,018 $1,176 $1,311 $1,447
60% $950 $1,018 $1,221 $1,411 $1,574 $1,736
Fair Market Rents in Hennepin County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$699 $862 $1,086 $1,538 $1,799

Cities In Hennepin County

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Bloomington 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bloomington is the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bloomington.
Brooklyn Center 8
Brooklyn Park 6
Champlin 4
Corcoran 0
Crystal 2
Dayton 0
Deephaven 0
Eden Prairie 8
Edina 5
Excelsior 1
Fort Snelling UT 0
Golden Valley 5
Greenfield 0
Greenwood 0
Hanover 0
Hassan 0
Hopkins 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hopkins is the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hopkins.
Independence 0
Long Lake 0
Loretto 0
Maple Grove 4
Maple Plain 1
Medicine Lake 1
Medina 0
Minneapolis 184 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Minneapolis is the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
Minnetonka 10
Minnetonka Beach 0
Minnetrista 0
Mound 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mound is the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mound .
New Hope 6
Orono 0
Osseo 1
Plymouth 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Plymouth is the Plymouth Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Richfield 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Richfield is the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Robbinsdale 6
Rockford 1
Rogers 3
Saint Louis Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Saint Louis Park is the St. Louis Park Housing Authority .
Shorewood 0
Spring Park 0
St Louis Park 0
St. Anthony 0
St. Bonifacius 0
St. Louis Park 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves St. Louis Park is the St. Louis Park Housing Authority .
Tonka Bay 0
Wayzata 3
Woodland 0