Skip to main content

60K expected applicants for 2K spots: Wait list for Section 8 housing opens

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Minnesota's largest administrator of Section 8 housing vouchers opened its waiting list for the first time in eight years.

The Metropolitan Council's Housing and Redevelopment Authority (Metro HRA) – which helps pay for about 6,500 households in roughly 100 communities in Anoka, Carver and most of suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties – began accepting applications for its waiting list Tuesday morning.

Terri Smith of the Metro HRA expects 60,000 people to apply for the waiting list, but only 2,000 applicants will be selected. Smith told MPR News they're hoping to serve all families within two to three years of getting on the waiting list.

The deadline to apply for the waiting list is noon Friday. Applicants who meet the income guidelines will be randomly selected for the waiting list.

In 2007, the last time the waiting list was open, Metro HRA received 9,000 applications, according to a news release.

Lack of affordable housing and limited scale of housing assistance programs play a major role in homelessness around the country, the National Coalition for the Homeless noted in 2009, and the supply of housing subsidies rarely comes close to meeting the supply – only about one-third of low-income households receive a housing subsidy.

Section 8 housing is a federal government-funded program that helps low-income households pay rent on private, market-rate rental units, according to HousingLink. Those who participate pay about 30 percent of their income as rent, and the rest is subsidized through the voucher program.

Next Up

raiaing canes brooklyn park crop

After 3-month delay, newest Twin Cities Raising Cane's opens

The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in October.

st anthony armed robbery screengrab

Armed man robs Twin Cities thrift store, flees in carjacked pickup

He pulled out a handgun shortly after chatting with the cashier about his scarf.

red wing 6

Gallery: Pagoda-inspired home on Lake Pepin for sale for $2M

The home has 425 feet of private shoreline on the Mississippi River.

Walz, Flanagan

Walz proposes legalizing marijuana in massive supplemental budget

It's among the provisions in his "Budget to Move Minnesota Forward."

Plow 2 (1)

Photos reveal damage from gunshots to Minneapolis snowplow

A hydraulic line and three tires were damaged in the shooting.

unsplash - school classroom students

Minneapolis schools confirm return to in-person teaching Monday

The school district shifted to online learning almost two weeks ago as rising COVID cases led to staff and bus driver shortages.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

Mineral leases for proposed Twin Metals mine near Boundary Waters canceled

A review by the DOI found "significant legal deficiencies" with the leases' 2019 renewal.

cats

Reward to find person who left kittens to die in freezing WI cold

The cats were thrown from a vehicle, according to a witness.

metro mobility bus

Charges: Man led police on multi-city pursuit in stolen Metro Mobility bus

The bus had been left unattended with the keys inside when it was stolen.

Bell Ramsey Co. Jan 22 - crop

Charges: Man fatally shot mother of his child during argument

Officers found her on the ground outside the couple's home.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 26

More than 15,000 new cases in today's update.

Related