Open Section 8 Waiting Lists in Minnesota

Find applications for 13 open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Minnesota. There are 143 housing authorities with voucher programs serving about 647,756 renter households in Minnesota. Among these, 3.5 percent of housing authorities run larger voucher programs serving thousands of renters. Over the last three years, there have been 30 waiting lists open in Minnesota.

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Minnesota Housing Authorities

Aitkin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Aitkin and Mille Lacs County, Minnesota Open Until Further Notice

Aitkin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Allegiant Property Management

Allegiant Property Management serves Minnesota.

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Becker County Economic Development Authority

Becker County Economic Development Authority serves Minnesota.

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Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Bloomington, Minnesota Open Soon

Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, but will begin accepting applications for waiting list soon.

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Blue Earth County Economic Development Authority

Blue Earth County Economic Development Authority serves Minnesota.

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Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Crow Wing County, Minnesota Closed

Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Cambridge Economic Development Authority

Cambridge Economic Development Authority serves Minnesota.

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Carlton Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Carlton County, Minnesota Open Until Further Notice

Carlton Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Carver County Community Development Agency

Carver County Community Development Agency serves Minnesota.

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Cass County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Cass County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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City of Mankato Economic Development Authority

Waiting List Status
Blue Earth County, Minnesota Limited Closed

City of Mankato Economic Development Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Clay County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Clay County, Minnesota Limited Closed

Clay County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Clearwater County Housing Authority

Clearwater County Housing Authority serves Minnesota.

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Cloquet Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Cloquet Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Crookston Housing And EDA

Crookston Housing And EDA serves Minnesota.

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Dakota County Community Development Agency

Waiting List Status
Dakota County, Minnesota Open Until Further Notice

Dakota County Community Development Agency is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Douglas and Pope County, Minnesota Closed

Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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EDHA of East Grand Forks

EDHA of East Grand Forks serves Minnesota.

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Fairmont Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Fairmont Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Faribault County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Faribault County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Faribault Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Faribault Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Fergus FallsOtter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Fergus FallsOtter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Fergus FallsOtter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Fergus FallsOtter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Grant County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Grant County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Hopkins Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Hopkins Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Housing And Redevelopment Auth. of Chipp. Co.

Housing And Redevelopment Auth. of Chipp. Co. serves Minnesota.

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Housing And Redevelopment Authority of Yellow

Housing And Redevelopment Authority of Yellow serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Albert Lea

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Albert Lea serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Alexandria

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Alexandria serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bagley

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bagley serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Barnsville

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Barnsville serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Baudette

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Baudette serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Bemidji Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Benson

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Benson serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Blue Earth

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Blue Earth serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Braham

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Braham serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Breckenridge

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Breckenridge serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cass Lake Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cass Lake Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Chisholm Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Chisholm Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Clarkfield

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Clarkfield serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Columbia Heights

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Columbia Heights serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cook Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cook Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cottonwood

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Cottonwood serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Crosby

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Crosby serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Delano

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Delano serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Detroit Lakes Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Detroit Lakes Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Dodge Center

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Dodge Center serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Duluth Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Duluth Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Ely

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Ely serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Eveleth

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Eveleth serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Gilbert

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Gilbert serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Glenwood Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Glenwood Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Grand Rapids

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Grand Rapids serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Greenbush

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Greenbush serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Henning Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Henning Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hibbing Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hibbing Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hutchinson

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Hutchinson serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of International Falls

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of International Falls serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Jackson

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Jackson serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Janesville

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Janesville serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lake Benton

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lake Benton serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lincoln County

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lincoln County serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lindstrom Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Lindstrom Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Litchfield

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Litchfield serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Little Falls Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Little Falls Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Long Prairie

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Long Prairie serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Luverne

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Luverne serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Madison Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Madison Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Montevideo

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Montevideo serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Moose Lake

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Moose Lake serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mora

Waiting List Status
Mora Housing and Redevelopment Authority Closed

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mora is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Morris

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Morris serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mound

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mound serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mountain Lake Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mountain Lake Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of New Richland

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of New Richland serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pequot Lakes

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pequot Lakes serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Perham Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Perham Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pine City Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pine City Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pine River

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pine River serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pipestone

Waiting List Status
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pipestone Open Until Further Notice

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Pipestone is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Princeton Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Princeton Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Red Lake Falls

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Red Lake Falls serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Redwood Falls Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Redwood Falls Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Sauk Centre Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Sauk Centre Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Sleepy Eye

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Sleepy Eye serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. James

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. James serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. Peter Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. Peter Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Staples

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Staples serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Tracy

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Tracy serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Two Harbors Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Two Harbors Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Virginia Minnesota

Waiting List Status
Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Virginia, Minnesota Closed

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Virginia Minnesota is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Wadena

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Wadena serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Walker Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Walker Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Warren

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Warren serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Warroad Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Warroad Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Waseca

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Waseca serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Windom Minnesota

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Windom Minnesota serves Minnesota.

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Melrose

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Melrose serves Minnesota.

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Itasca Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Itasca Housing and Redevelopment Authority Open Until Further Notice

Itasca Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
McLeod County, Minnesota Closed
Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Limited Closed

Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Koochiching County HRA

Koochiching County HRA serves Minnesota.

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Le Sueur County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Le Sueur and Faribault County, Minnesota Limited Open Until Further Notice

Le Sueur County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Le Sueur Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Le Sueur Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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McLeod County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
McLeod County, Minnesota Closed

McLeod County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Meeker County HRA

Meeker County HRA serves Minnesota.

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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources serves Minnesota.

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Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Multi-County, Minnesota Closed

Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
Minneapolis, Minnesota Closed

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Moorhead Public Housing Agency

Moorhead Public Housing Agency serves Minnesota.

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Morrison County HRA

Waiting List Status
Morrison County HRA Closed

Morrison County HRA is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Mower County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Mower County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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New Ulm Economic Development Authority

Waiting List Status
New Ulm Economic Development Authority Closed

New Ulm Economic Development Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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North Mankato Housing And Redevelopment Authority

North Mankato Housing And Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Northwest Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Northwest Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Open Until Further Notice

Northwest Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Olmstead County, Minnesota Closed

Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Owatonna HRA

Owatonna HRA serves Minnesota.

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Plymouth Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Plymouth, Minnesota Closed

Plymouth Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Public Housing Commission of the City of Marshall

Public Housing Commission of the City of Marshall serves Minnesota.

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Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Red Wing, Minnesota Closed
Red Wing, Minnesota Open Until Further Notice

Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Renville County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Renville County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Rice County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Rice County, Minnesota Limited Open Now

Rice County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Richfield, Minnesota Closed

Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Saint Paul Public Housing Agency

Waiting List Status
St. Paul, Minnesota Closed

Saint Paul Public Housing Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Scott Carver Dakota Cap Agency

Waiting List Status
Scott Carver Dakota Cap Agency Closed

Scott Carver Dakota Cap Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Scott County Community Development Agency

Waiting List Status
Scott County, Minnesota Closed

Scott County Community Development Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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South Central Minnesota Multi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan County, Minnesota Open Until Further Notice

South Central Minnesota Multi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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South Metro Human Services

South Metro Human Services serves Minnesota.

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South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority

South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

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Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona County, Minnesota Open Now

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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St Louis Park Housing Authority

Waiting List Status
St. Louis Park, Minnesota Closed

St Louis Park Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
City of St. Cloud; and the Counties of Benton, Sherburne and Wright, Minnesota Closed

St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Stearns County HRA

Stearns County HRA serves Minnesota.

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Stevens County HRA

Stevens County HRA serves Minnesota.

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Swift County HRA

Swift County HRA serves Minnesota.

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Thief River Falls Housing and Redevelopment Aut

Thief River Falls Housing and Redevelopment Aut serves Minnesota.

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Todd County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Todd County Housing and Redevelopment Authority serves Minnesota.

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Washington County Community Development Agency

Waiting List Status
Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Closed

Washington County Community Development Agency is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Winona Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Winona, Minnesota Closed

Winona Housing and Redevelopment Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Waiting List Status
Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority Open Until Further Notice

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Are Section 8 Waiting Lists Open in Minnesota?

As of June 28, 2024, AHO is tracking 1 waiting lists open right now that are scheduled to close in the near future. Additionally, AHO is monitoring 10 waiting lists that are open until further notice.

AHO encourages you to first apply to the waiting lists that are scheduled to close, as most housing choice voucher programs do not have a set schedule for when they will reopen their waiting lists.

AHO still encourages you to apply to continuously open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

In total, there are 11 waiting lists you can apply to right now and 2 waiting lists you can apply to soon.

How many HCV waiting lists were open in Minnesota in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 30 HCV waiting lists open for at least a day in Minnesota.

How long were HCV waiting lists kept open in Minnesota in the last few years?

Section 8 HCV waiting lists in Minnesota were kept open an average of 610 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 16.7% were open seven days or less . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a voucher if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Renters can apply to any open HCV waiting list in the country. The program is supposed to promote mobility so that renters can move to places with more opportunity.

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a voucher is offered, if at all.

Over the last three years, 60% of waiting lists in Minnesota that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Minnesota increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 46.7% of waiting list applications in in Minnesota over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Minnesota?

Random lotteries were used by 20% of housing authorities in Minnesota to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on an HCV waiting list in Minnesota before receiving a voucher?

Households spend an average of 22 months on a waiting list before receiving a voucher in Minnesota.

Who is served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Minnesota?

HCV households served by housing authorities in Minnesota include:

  • 25% headed by seniors
  • 22% with a person with a disability
  • 45% with children
  • 32% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by HCV programs offered through housing authorities in Minnesota?

According to HUD, in general, in order to receive a voucher, a household's income may not exceed 50% of the median income (50% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. By law, a housing authority must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do not exceed 30% of the area median income (30% AMI).

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In the voucher programs of housing authorities in Minnesota, VLI households make up 96% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 80% of voucher-holding households.

Is there an application fee for Section 8 waiting lists?

It is against HUD policy for an agency to charge for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher application. If anyone is charging a fee for an application, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer with an empty promise. Do not pay for an application.

Why are there Section 8 waiting lists?

Like most low income housing programs, renters are placed on a waiting list to get a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher because there is a very high demand for vouchers, and a limited supply.

Waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher also tend to be longer than those for other housing programs because renters can live in an apartment or house of their choice. Most of the other rental housing programs require the household to live in a pre-determined apartment.

How does a Section 8 waiting list work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing authority with an open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. If a waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying, the housing authority will create a list of qualified applicants that is sorted by random lottery, or the date and time applications were received. Many of these waiting lists have limited spots, so some applicants may not be selected for the waiting list, even if they are qualified.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing authority will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Because of the high demand of the HCV program, waiting lists may be many months or years long.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a voucher.

Who can apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a Section 8 voucher, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

To apply for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Applications for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can only be submitted when the housing authority opens the program's waiting list.

For many areas, waiting lists are only open for a brief period. And depending on the area, when a waiting list closes, it may not reopen for many months or years. But there are also many housing authorities that keep their waiting lists open indefinitely, which means that there is no scheduled close date. These waiting lists can close at any time, but they sometimes stay open for months or years.

Can I apply for multiple Section 8 waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

What is a Section 8 waiting list lottery?

In many areas, the demand for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is so great that the managing housing authority cannot add all applicants to its waiting list. To give all applicants an equal chance of being placed on the waiting list, many agencies draw names by random lottery from the entire pool of applicants.

Housing authorities will usually state if they are doing a lottery drawing on the public notice for the waiting list. If there is not a lottery, applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

How long is a waiting list for Section 8 housing?

Once a household is placed on a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, they may wait anywhere between many months or years before being offered a rental assistance voucher.

There is no typical wait time for a voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on various factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait less than a year, while someone in another area is on a waiting list for five years or more.

How can I get more information about a Section 8 waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting lists is to visit the housing authority's website. Most housing authorities with a website will have a dedicated Section 8 HCV page with details about the program.

However, not all housing authorities have a website. And some that do may provide a limited amount of information. If this is the case, contact the housing authority for help. The agency can tell you if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important application requirements.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a Section 8 waiting list?

Yes, many housing authorities use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

What is Section 8?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program gives low income rental assistance to individuals and families who need help affording monthly rent. Households with a Section 8 voucher may choose to live in any home that meets the program requirements, including apartments and single-family homes. It is a federal housing program that is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Renters with a Section 8 voucher usually pay 30% of their income for rent. The rest is paid to the landlord by the managing housing authority.

When looking for housing options, be aware that there are other housing programs that use the name "Section 8," including the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs. However, the name "Section 8" on its own usually refers to the HCV program.

How do I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

When a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, Section 8 applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Online applications are often submitted through a form on a website. Printable applications may be available on the internet, as well. If an application can be sent by mail, a request for one is usually done by phone, mail or email.

In rare situations, applications may also be submitted by fax, or directly by phone. These outdated methods have been phased out by many housing authorities, but there are still some applications that operate this way.

Where can I apply for a Section 8 waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. If the waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing authority is targeting a specific demographic (such as homeless applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.