On the Waiting list

The information on this page is intended for applicants who are currently on the Section 8 HCV Waiting List.  To confirm your status, please call the Waiting List Hotline at 612-335-4404.

Updating your application

If you are currently on the Section 8 HCV Waiting List, and you need to report a change of your address, family size or other information, you may use the Section 8 HCV waiting list update form or send a notice in writing to:

MPHA Section 8 HCV Waiting List Update
1001 Washington Ave No. Suite 310
Minneapolis, MN 55404

You must include your name, social security number, address and a phone number where we may reach you. All updates must be signed and dated.

Income limits

At least 75% of the families admitted to the Section 8 HCV program must be at or below 30% of median income for the metro area.  Learn what the current income limits are.  Click here to download the PDF file.


Consistent with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Agency Plan, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority will select families from the waiting list using the following established local preferences:

  • Homeless or living in substandard housing such as a unit without working plumbing, electricity or unsafe conditions.
  • Rent burdened by paying more than 50% of their income for rent and utilities for more than 90 days.
  • Residency preference: This preference is given to applicants whose head of household or spouse:
      1. Lives in Minneapolis; or 

      2. Works in or has been hired to work in Minneapolis.

      3. Residents who live and/or work in Minneapolis.

  • Families who have been victims of domestic abuse and are actively involved in ongoing counseling and assistance from a licensed shelter program either as a resident or participating as an outreach client will receive this ranking preference.
  • Families whose head or spouse is actively participating in a self-sufficiency program or other program designed to promote economic independence will receive this ranking preference.
  • This preference is given to an applicant who is a veteran or member of the armed services or a dependent family member of a veteran or a service person. (“Veteran” means any person honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States after serving for 181 consecutive days or more.)
  • Displaced by circumstances that are no fault of their own, such as a disaster, government action, owner action (excluding eviction for nonpayment of rent), reprisal, “hate crimes,” inaccessibility of the unit, or HUD disposition of multifamily projects.
  • Lease-in place preference. Families who currently live within the city limits of Minneapolis and can certify that their existing landlord is willing to continue renting to them if the applicant is determined eligible for admission to the Section 8 Programs.
  • Working preference. This preference is given to families with at least one adult who is employed full time.

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority will not deny a local preference, nor otherwise exclude or penalize a family in admission to the program, solely because the family resides in public housing.

Waiting List Forms

Waiting List Policies