Metro HRA, Minneapolis PHA, and St Paul PHA to Open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Lotteries

Metro HRA, Minneapolis PHA, and St Paul PHA are all accepting online applications for their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher programs.

Applications for the waiting list lottery are open at 8 am on Wednesday, June 12th and close at Noon on Tuesday, June 18th.

You must apply to each program separately.


Metro HRAApply for Metro HRA here
Metro HRA will place 2,000 applicants on the waiting list through a random drawing from all applications received. Metro HRA will award 95% of waiting list placements to applicants who live, work or attend school full-time in the 7-county Twin Cities metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties). The remaining 5% of waiting list placements will be awarded to any other applicant.

Minneapolis PHA - Apply for MPHA here
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority will place 2,000 applicants on the waiting list through a random drawing from all applications received. MPHA will award 95% of waiting list placements to applicants who
live, work, or attend school in Minneapolis. The remaining 5% of waiting list placements will be awarded to any other applicant. The residency preference does not have the purpose or effect of delaying or otherwise denying admission based on race, color, ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, or age of any member of the applicant family.

St Paul PHA - Apply for St Paul here
The St. Paul Public Housing Agency will place 3,500 applicants on the waiting list through a random drawing from all applications received. The housing agency will award 95% of waiting list placements to applicants whose head of household or spouse lives, works, or attends school in St. Paul, or to applicants who have been deemed “homeless” through Ramsey County’s Coordinated Entry System. The remaining 5% of waiting list placements will be awarded to any other applicant.

Income Eligiblity for all Programs
In order to qualify, annual gross household income cannot exceed:

  • 1 person: $35,000
  • 2 persons: $40,000
  • 3 persons: $45,000
  • 4 persons: $50,000
  • 5 persons: $54,000
  • 6 persons: $58,000
  • 7 persons: $62,000
  • 8 persons: $66,000

Applications will not be available in the agency offices, and fax or e-mail requests will not be accepted. Applicants may use any computer, tablet, or smartphone to apply, including free computers at public libraries and at the housing authority, if available.

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation, free language assistance, or who require this information in an alternative format are encouraged to submit a request to any of the agencies in advance of the waiting list opening. Translation will be available in 60 different languages.

Families may rent any type of housing in the Metro HRA service area from participating property owners.

See frequently asked questions.

Links to Apply

(Apply to each waiting list separately).