The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides Section 8 rent subsidies to families with low income in the form of Housing Choice Vouchers and Project Based Units. The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) administers the program in the City of Minneapolis. MPHA pays rent subsidies directly to rental property owners on behalf of eligible families.
Section 8 HCV Benefits Participants:
The Section 8 HCV Programs offers financial assistance for rental housing to low income families. The rental assistance provides opportunities to low income families by partnering with owners of existing housing units. This opportunity enables families the affordability to rent all housing types throughout the city, thus avoiding a concentration of assisted housing.
Section 8 HCV Benefits Property Owners:
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) guarantees owners a portion of the rent through the participant’s rental assistance. The intent of the program is to lessen the burden on the family’s budget for housing costs, helping them to better afford their rental payment. This results in more consistent, timely and full payments to owners. Additionally, periodic inspection of the unit helps to alert owners of required and/or recommended repairs.
Several programs exist within MPHA’s Section 8 HCV to maximize the opportunity of receiving a Housing Choice Voucher. These include
Families on the FSS program work towards self-sufficiency by building employment skills
Housing search resources are available to applicants who qualify and agree to move to a non-concentrated area within the City of Minneapolis and agree to live there for a certain amount of time.
Homeless veterans can receive housing resources and housing search counseling in a program jointly administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
MPHA has been awarded vouchers to administer a Family Unification Program, which assists families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the separation, or threat of imminent separation, of children from their families or in the prevention of reunifying the children with their families.
The history of the Section 8 HCV program can be found on MPHA’s History page.