Metro HRA Rental Assistance

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List Opening

The Met Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority (Metro HRA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waitlist is now closed.

Online applications were available Wednesday, June 22 at 9 a.m. through Tuesday, June 28 at noon.

2000 applicants will be randomly selected and placed on the Metro HRA’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List. Results of the Metro HRA lottery will be posted to on July 8, 2022. You will need to enter your username and password to view your status.  

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Metro HRA

The Metropolitan Council’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority, known as Metro HRA, provides housing for more than 7,200 households throughout Anoka, Carver, and suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties in the Twin Cities region.

Metro HRA’s mission is to provide decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities; to encourage housing choice throughout the region including areas of high opportunity; to foster family stability and promote self-sufficiency for people with low wealth.

Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8)

Metro HRA is the largest administrator of the Housing Choice Voucher Program in the state of Minnesota. The program partners with private rental market landlords to provide affordable housing opportunities for households in the region. Participants pay a minimum of 30% of their income toward their rent and the HRA pays the remaining to the property owner. The Metro HRA serves nearly 100 communities in Anoka, Carver, and most of suburban Hennepin and Ramsey Counties - see map (PDF).

The Housing Choice Voucher program uses the existing private rental market and provides payments to private landlords on behalf of low-income renters. Participating property owners are guaranteed a stable source of rental income.

Families may rent any type of housing in the Metro HRA service area from participating property owners. Eligible households pay 30% to 40% of their incomes for rent, and Metro HRA pays the remainder, within established rent guidelines.

All of Metro HRA's federally subsidized housing vouchers are in use and helping low-income families pay rent. However, there are other metro-area agencies that administer housing programs and provide assistance to people seeking affordable housing. See HousingLink, Minnesota's primary source for affordable housing-related openings, data, and information.

Waiting list

The Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority will be accepting online applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in late June.

The application system will be open from 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 22 through noon Tuesday, June 28. Applications may be submitted at any time during this period to be eligible for the housing voucher lottery. There is no advantage to applying early – you may apply at any time during the open period to qualify.

Visit to apply.

Applicants may use any computer, tablet, or smartphone to apply, including free computers at public libraries and community sites throughout the metro area. Contact Metro HRA at 651-602-1880 for any questions related to the process or accommodations an applicant may need, including language translation services.

Applicants will be placed in a lottery. Metro HRA will place up to 2,000 applicants on the waiting list through a random drawing of the applications received. Of that total, 95% of the people placed on the waiting list must live, work, or attend school full-time within the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties).

Printable version of this information (PDF)

Community Choice Demonstration Program

The Metro HRA will be recruiting and enrolling households eligible to participate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD), Community Choice Demonstration from the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. Nine sites across the nation were selected by HUD in April 2021 to build upon research that shows growing up in neighborhoods with lower levels of poverty improves children’s academic achievement and long-term chances of successes and reduces intergenerational poverty.

Study enrollment will begin in August 2022 and conclude no later than April 2027. Eligible households will be contacted by the Metro HRA.

Metro HRA Project Based Voucher (PBV) listening session

Metro HRA held a virtual listening session on Feb. 10, 2022. The information gathered at this listening session was shared with the Metropolitan Council’s Community Development committee as an information item on February 22, 2022. The decision regarding the PBV offer and award process for 2022 was communicated to the development community the week of February 22, 2022.

Moving to Work application

Metro HRA held two resident meetings to consider and gather feedback on the submittal of a Moving to Work application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in October 2020. View the resident meeting presentation (PDF).

Other Metro HRA programs

Metro HRA also delivers other housing programs in partnership with state and local agencies that help persons with special needs live as independently as possible.

Metro HRA clients may be eligible for reduced transit fares through the Transit Assistance Program (TAP).