How to Apply for Section 8 in Minnesota

The Minnesota Section 8 application process is the first step to obtaining low income housing assistance. Unlike other states in the U.S., Minnesota encourages residents to apply for Section 8 vouchers through as many housing authorities as possible in order to speed up the process of getting a voucher. However, it is important to understand how to submit an application properly first.

To apply for low income housing in Minnesota, applicants should make sure that the housing authority is open and taking applications. When there are more applications for Section 8 versus available housing opportunities, then a waiting list will be created. Some areas may have a long waiting list, so it may take some time before an applicant receives a voucher. To learn more about submitting an application to various housing authorities in Minnesota, continue below.

How to Apply for Section 8 Online in Minnesota 

An applicant must submit a Section 8 application in Minnesota in order to be considered for housing assistance. Learning how to apply for Section 8 housing is the first step. An online Section 8 application may not be available for all Minnesota housing authorities, so it is important to verify this information with your local Public Housing Agency (PHA) first. Stipulations may also be in place when applying online for low income housing. For example, applicants who are submitting family waitlist applications through the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) will only be able to access the online applicant portal the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Central time. It is important for each applicant to understand the criteria for submitting their application online. The type of information that will be required on an online application includes:

  • First and last name
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Annual Income before taxes and deductions (for the entire family)
  • Any specific accommodations

Thankfully, when applying for Section 8 housing in different counties, each of the applications will require similar personal information in order to make it easier for the applicant. Be sure to fill out all the information as accurately and truthfully as possible, as any false information may lead to having your application denied in more than one county. 

Keep in mind that there may also be some housing authorities in Minnesota only accept an online application. Such is the case in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where online applications are the only available option. 

How to Apply for Minnesota Section 8 Housing by Mail 

Submitting a HUD housing application in Minnesota can also be completed by mail, depending on the county you are applying in. If you care allowed to apply by mail, you can either pick up an application in person from the local housing authority, or request your local PHA to mail one to you. Once you have successfully completed a mail-in application for Section 8 housing, you can mail it back to the PHA that provided it to you. 

How to Apply for Minnesota Section 8 Housing in Person 

The third option available to apply for low income housing in Minnesota involves visiting a housing authority in person. The in-person submission of a low income housing application may not be available for all housing authorities. It is best to first contact your local MPHA to learn whether or not an application can be submitted in person. If this options is available, it is usually a great advantage for an applicant to have, as they will have the chance to have their questions addressed by trained professionals. Some housing authorities may also provide a downloadable Section 8 application, which an applicant can print and complete before dropping it off in person. This way, applicants can have all their documents, and any questions, ready when they reach the MPHA office. 

What happens after you submit a Section 8 application form in Minnesota? 

After an applicant learns how to apply for Section 8 housing in Minnesota, he or she should know what happens next. If a housing authority does not have enough vouchers for applicants, then they will be put on the waiting list. There is no telling how long it will take from the time an applicant applies for Section 8 to when they will reach the top of the waiting list. Applicants should maintain their personal information up to date while they are on the waiting list in order for the housing authority to reach them when a voucher becomes available. All changes to any information should be made as soon as possible. 

When an applicant reaches the top of the waiting list, the housing authority in Minneapolis will contact the applicant based on the information provided on the application. If an applicant does not keep their information current and the housing authority cannot reach him or her, then the applicant will forfeit his or her place in line.

While there is no way to check a Section 8 application status in person or by mail, oftentimes applicants who submit their information online will be able to log back in to check their status. Depending on the housing authority you applied through, there may be ways in which an applicant can verify his or her place on the waiting list.

Reaching the top of the waiting list for affordable housing means that the next step will be a screening process to verify your household’s eligibility. Passing the screening process will then move the applicants on to a briefing at the MPHA they applied to. After the briefing, there will be a 60 to 120 day window in which an applicant can find a place to rent with their newly acquired housing voucher.

To learn more about the application process, contact your local HUD office, here.