Applications being sought for a waitlist for federal rental assistance

Renters seeking financial assistance have until noon on June 28 to get on a waiting list for federal Section 8 vouchers that help pay for housing.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program in Minnesota rarely opens up applications for its waiting list, because demand is much higher than the amount of Section 8 housing vouchers available. The last two times the program opened applications was in 2019 and 2015.

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

To be eligible, households must make no more than 50 percent of the median income for the region they live in. For a family of four, the income cap for eligibility equals $58,650 in the Twin Cities metro area.

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