Minnesota Housing Finance Agency established the Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance Program (RAP) to provide affordable housing for low-income persons and families. RAP is a shallow rental subsidy program, providing up to $250/month in rental assistance, for a time period not to exceed 5 years.

The RAP Program is a referral only program. Eligibility for the RAP Program is determined by service providers throughout the SCMMCHRA service area, as well as Blue Earth County.  The referring service provider shall develop and implement a transition plan for each household to assist them in moving from RAP to self-sufficiency or to a rental assistance program that is not time-limited.

Eligible household’s income must not exceed the maximum household income limits set forth in the service area by the SCMMCHRA and Mankato EDA. Households must choose a rental unit that meets HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Housing Quality Standards and is able to transition to the Housing Choice Voucher Program.


HCV Family Self-Sufficiency
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is a work incentive program for participants receiving Section 8 HCV rental assistance. The FSS program coordinator will work with the head of the household to establish a five-year plan that includes employment, education, and training goals. 


HCV Homeownership
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) homeownership option provides the opportunity for low income families to purchase and build equity in a home of their own if they meet certain additional criteria rather than renting. Only families eligible to receive Section 8 HCV assistance are eligible for the homeownership option.


Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
The purpose of the Section 8 HCV program is to provide rental assistance to eligible low income individuals and families according to HUD rules and regulations. The Section 8 HCV programs lessens the burden on the family’s budget for housing costs and allows greater choice in selecting a rental unit.