Metro HRA Rental Assistance

NOTICE: Metro HRA will be taking applications for the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list from November 27, 2018-January 30, 2019 for families on the COC Rent Assistance program that are at imminent risk of being terminated due to insufficient program funding. Families will be notified by Metro HRA of the application process.
 


NOTICE: Metro HRA does not have housing assistance available at this time for the general public. Additional vouchers received from the federal government in fall 2018 are specifically designated for homeless, disabled people using the transit system as temporary shelter. Further information is available here.


About Metro HRA

Metro HRA administers the largest Housing Choice Voucher program in the state of Minnesota. The program provides housing for more than 6,500 households throughout Anoka, Carver, and most of suburban Hennepin and Ramsey Counties - see map (PDF).

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, information and resources.

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

Outreach coordinator & ombudsman

Metro HRA hired Abdiaziz Ibrahim as its first outreach coordinator and program ombudsman, helping people navigate the rental process.

Family Affordable Housing Program lottery completed

The Lottery for the Family Affordable Housing Program (FAHP) was completed in August 2017. See answers to frequently asked questions about the lottery and applicant status.


Metro HRA consistently provides efficient and effective housing services

In calendar year 2015, Metro HRA earned the highest ranking possible from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the 12th consecutive year.

Together, Metro HRA, landlords and program participants ensured effective and efficient service, enabling the Council to maximize the number of households served.



Housing Choice Vouchers

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.

Housing Choice Voucher waiting list

To check your status on the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, follow the instructions on the Waiting List and Applications page.

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.