Affordable housing is essential to foster economic growth and provide stability for our communities and neighborhoods. As a regional entity, Metro HRA provides an efficient method for effective delivery of a variety of housing programs and related services.
Metro HRA assists low-income seniors, singles, families, and persons with disabilities to obtain decent and affordable housing in nearly 100 cities throughout Anoka, Carver, and most of suburban Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Metro HRA delivers other housing programs in partnership with state and local agencies that help persons with special needs to live as independently as possible. The HRA also administers the Family Affordable Housing Program, which provides additional affordable rental housing opportunities in suburban locations.
Metro HRA administers the largest Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in the state of Minnesota and provides federally funded rent subsidies to private landlords on behalf of low- income renters. The program uses the existing private rental market to provide decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for a monthly average of 6,600 low-income seniors, disabled individuals and families. Participating property owners are guaranteed a stable source of rental income.
Eligible households pay 30% to 40% of their incomes for rent, and Metro HRA pays the remainder, within established fair-market rent guidelines. Families may rent any type of housing in the Metro HRA service area.
In addition, the Council owns 150 units of scattered-site housing located in 11 cities in suburban Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. The Family Affordable Housing Program (FAHP) gives families with low incomes additional opportunities to live in neighborhoods outside areas with high levels of poverty. The FAHP units, with their Section 8 project-based rental subsidy, are made available to families on the Metro HRA Section 8 waiting list. The cities where the homes are located each identified the need for more affordable rental housing in their comprehensive plans, and signed an agreement with the Council to participate in the program.