Metro HRA Rental Assistance


Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program WAITING LIST OPENING
The Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority (Metro HRA) will be accepting online applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Online applications will be available:  
9:00 AM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022 through 12:00 PM (noon) TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2022

Click here for more information (PDF).

Community Choice Demonstration

The Metro HRA will be accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for households eligible to participate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Mobility Demonstration Program, Community Choice Demonstration. 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 June 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 Thursday, February 10th, 2022.  The information gathered at this listening session was shared with the Metropolitan Council’s Community Development committee as an information item on Tuesday, 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.

View the listening session invitation (PDF)
View the listening session Presentation (PDF)
View a recording of the listening session (Youtube)

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.

Waiting list

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list is closed. See details about the waiting lists.

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.

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).

Outreach coordinator & ombudsman

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


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


About 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.

The 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.

Metro HRA earned the highest Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) ranking of High Performer for 2018, Metro HRA’s 15th straight year earning the highest ranking.