Applications sought for federal rental assistance waiting list

Tenants applying for financial assistance have until noon June 28 to put themselves on a waiting list for federal Section 8 vouchers that help pay for housing.

Minnesota’s Housing Choice Voucher program rarely opens applications for its waitlist because demand is much higher than the number of Section 8 housing vouchers available. The last two times the program opened applications were in 2019 and 2015.

“It only happens every couple of years,” said Terri Smith, director of the Metropolitan Council’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the regional government agency that administers federal Section 8 housing. “So we really want to encourage people, if they think they’re eligible, to take action and apply.”

To be eligible, households must not earn more than 50% of the median income of the region in which they live. For a family of four, the income limit for eligibility is $58,650 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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