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Rental Assistance

The Washington County HRA provides help with housing costs to 650 families through a variety of state and federal rental assistance programs.

 

The programs we operate are listed below. For programs that are accepting applicants, we’ve indicated how to apply or ask questions. If a program you’re interested in is not accepting applicants, know that we will update this page should that change. There is no need to call unless you see that a waiting list is open.

 

 

WAITING LISTS ARE OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:

 

Public Housing

The Washington County HRA operates 105 townhomes, single-family homes, and apartment units throughout the county. Families or individuals that qualify pay up to 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent.

 

Eligibility: Based on income. When an applicant reaches the top of the waiting list, there is a final qualification procedure including a credit check, criminal background check, and a review of rental references.

 

Transferability: Because assistance is tied to the unit and not to the renter, this type of assistance can’t be transferred. If a participant moves, they lose their assistance.

 

Availability: Applications for one-bedroom units are being taken at Whispering Pines in Forest Lake, MN. You can call Whispering Pines at 651-464-4406 for more information. Waiting lists for all other units will be open from September 23 to September 25. Click here for more information.

 

 

WAITING LISTS ARE CLOSED FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:

 

Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)

Housing choice vouchers assist the tenant in renting a unit from a private landlord. The unit must be affordable and the rent must be reasonable for the area. Once the unit has been approved, the tenant will pay a portion of rent up to 40 percent of their income.

 

Eligibility: Based on income. Applicants must not have been involved in illegal drug or violent criminal activity within the last five years. 

 

Transferability: This type of assistance is transferable. It is assigned to the tenant and moves with the tenant so long as the tenant remains income eligible and has not violated any program rules.  

Availability: None at this time. The waiting list is closed.

Information for current HCV recipients:

Fair Market Rents and Payment Standards for Housing Choice Voucher Recipients, and Frequently Asked Questions
Utility Allowances Chart

 

Shelter Plus Care Program (S + C)

The Shelter Plus Care program is a federally-funded program for homeless persons diagnosed with chronic substance abuse or persistent mental illness.

 

Eligibility: Based on income. Requires acceptance to and adherence to a treatment program.

 

Transferability: This program qualifies you for assistance in a specific unit at a specific location. Assistance is not transferable.

 

Availability: None at this time. Please contact Canvas Health at 651-251-5046 for more information.

 

Bridges

The Bridges program provides temporary housing for individuals and families of individuals who have a serious and persistent mental illness. Participants pay up to 40% of their gross monthly income for rent and the HRA pays a portion of the rent.

 

Eligibility: Based on income. Participants must be diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.

 

Availability: None at this time. The waiting list is closed.

 

Bridges for Long Term Homeless Households

This program is similar to the Bridges program but is targeted at individuals who meet the definition of long term homeless. Participants pay up to 40% of their gross monthly income for their portion of the rent.

 

Eligibility: Based on income. Participants must be homeless and have a serious and persistent mental illness.

 

Availability: None at this time. The waiting list is closed.