Hennepin and Ramsey County, Minnesota Mainstream Voucher Waiting List opened on May 21, 2024 and will close on May 23, 2024.

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Last Updated: May, 21st 2024

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This waiting list is for Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental housing assistance in Hennepin and Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Mental Health Resources (MHR) is accepting Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from May 21, 2024 at 9:00 am, until May 23, 2024 at 4:00 pm CT. 

Please note: Mental Health Resources covers the Counties of Hennepin and Ramsey, MN for persons living with mental illness, chemical dependency and other disabilities. 

According to MHR, "In order to qualify for assistance, the family's head of household or spouse must qualify as disabled and must earn at or less than $45, 500 (single) - $62,100 (family of four)."

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 Person $43,500 | 5 Persons $67,100
  • 2 Persons $49,700 | 6 Persons $72,050
  • 3 Persons $55,900 | 7 Person $77,050
  • 4 Persons $62,100 | 8 Persons $82,000

This waiting list has the following preferences: Living or working in Ramsey, Hennepin or Dakota County.

1,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

To apply while the waitlist is open, complete the online application.

For more information, visit the MHR website.

Sources: This information was verified by the MHR Section 8 page on May 7, 2024.

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Hennepin and Ramsey County, Minnesota Mainstream Voucher Application Methods

The application may be completed online at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/application/form.php.

Hennepin and Ramsey County, Minnesota Mainstream Voucher Applicant Preferences

Hennepin and Ramsey County, Minnesota has preferences for: Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Preferences are not required but Mainstream Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Mental Health Resources

Hennepin and Ramsey County, Minnesota Mainstream Voucher Waiting List is managed by Mental Health Resources.

Mental Health Resources provides affordable housing for up to 147 low- and moderate-income households through its public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Hennepin County and Ramsey County, Minnesota.

What should I do after applying to the Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How long will it take to get to the top of the Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list?

The wait to reach the top of this waiting list will be different for everyone.

This waiting list has at least one preference, so those who qualify will have a shorter wait than those who don't. After sorting preferences, applicants are placed on the waiting list randomly. So, there could be a big difference between your wait time, depending on your spot on the waiting list.

If you are closer to the top of the waiting list, your wait may be just weeks or months long. But if you're closer to the end of the waiting list, it could take years to reach the top.

How do I update my application for the Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list that is open now?

You have a limited time to apply for a waiting list that is open now, before it closes on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority is accepting applications until the waiting list closes.

For the Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

How is a Mental Health Resources Mainstream Voucher waiting list sorted by random lottery?

A waiting list sorted by random lottery orders applicants who are selected for the waiting list by a random number system. The time you apply does not factor into your waiting list placement.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Mental Health Resources.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Mental Health Resources?

At the start of 2024, Mental Health Resources was managing 213 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 164 households with a voucher. This represents 77% of the total voucher allotment for Mental Health Resources.

According to HUD, there is a total of 270 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Mental Health Resources, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current Mental Health Resources Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 164 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 85 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 10 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 6 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by Mental Health Resources.

Are there any Mental Health Resources Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Mental Health Resources Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 77% of its vouchers utilized by households with 23% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 49 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 213 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many Mental Health Resources Section 8 households have children?

Of the 164 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the Mental Health Resources, 32 have at least one child. There are 2 two-parent households in the Mental Health Resources voucher program, and 30 single-parent households. There were 32 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Mental Health Resources Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Mental Health Resources Section 8 Voucher holders is $16,488 The average annual income per person is $10,504 The average voucher holder earns 18% of the local Area Median Income.

Mental Health Resources voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 8 5%
$5,000 - $9,999 2 1%
$10,000 - $14,999 82 50%
$15,000 - $19,999 28 17%
$20,000+ 44 27%

What is the source of income for Mental Health Resources Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 21 (10%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 11 (5%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 173 (81%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Mental Health Resources Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Mental Health Resources Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $933 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $11,196. The program as a whole is paying landlords $153,012 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $1,836,144

How much does the average Mental Health Resources Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Mental Health Resources Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $409 per month or $4,908 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $67,076 per month, which is $804,912 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Mental Health Resources program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $1,342 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Mental Health Resources Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $99 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Mental Health Resources Section 8 homes?

Of the 213 households with a Section 8 voucher, 103 (63%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 36 (22%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 25 (15%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 16% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Mental Health Resources Section 8 households?

55% of Mental Health Resources Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.