Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 waiting list is open


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.   The program works off of a waiting list.  When the family’s name reaches the top of the waiting list and is determined eligible for the program they will be offered a Section 8 HCV.  When the family finds suitable housing the SCMMCHRA will enter into a contract with the owner of the rental housing and the family will sign a lease with the owner of the rental housing.  Program participants pay about 30% to 40% of their gross income (income before taxes) for rent.  The SCMMCHRA pays the difference.  The owner of the rental unit, not the HRA, must approve the voucher holder as a renter.  The HRA will make payments to the landlord for as long as the family is eligible and the housing unit qualifies under the program rules and regulations.  The SCMMCHRA does not have any funds available to help pay security deposits.  The tenant must pay their own security deposit.   

To request more information or to apply for the Section 8 HCV program, contact the SCMMCHRA office at
507-345-1977 or 1-800-733-9564


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.


Rental Assistance Program
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency established the Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance Program (RAP) to provide affordable housing opportunities to prevent and end homelessness for low income families. Rental assistance is intended to be temporary. Participants pay approximately 30% of their income for rent.