Applications are being sought for a waiting list for federal housing assistance

Tenants seeking financial aid 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 applications to its waiting list, as demand far exceeds the number of Section 8 housing vouchers available. The last two times the program opened applications was in 2019 and 2015.

“It only happens every few years,” said Terri Smith, director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority at the Metropolitan Council, the regional government agency that manages federal Division 8 housing. “So we really want to encourage people, if they think they’re eligible, to take action and sign up.”

To qualify, households must earn no more than 50 percent of the median income for the region in which they live. For a family of four, the income cap on eligibility is $58,650 in the Twin Cities metro area.

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