Housing Authorities in Minnesota

State of Housing in MinnesotaMinneapolis Field Office, Office of Public Housing, oversees the 141 Housing Authorities throughout the state of Minnesota. It is the responsibility of the Field Office to ensure that Housing Authorities are administering their rental assistance programs according to Federal regulations and guidelines. The Field Office offers technical assistance to Housing Authorities, reviews their reports and policies, assesses their performance, and works together with Housing Authorities to make sure tenants are living in decent, safe, and sanitary housing.In addition to the oversight of 141 Housing Authorities, HUD's Minneapolis Public Housing division also answers questions from tenants, the general public, local organizations, and Congress.

Low Income Public Housing

High Rise Buildings

  • Thomas T. Feeney Manor; Address: 901 4th Ave N.
  • Heritage Commons at Pond’s Edge; 350 Van White Memorial Blvd, Units: 102, Stories: 4.
  • The Atrium; Address: 314 Hennepin Avenue, Units: 299, Stories: 16.
  • Hamilton Manor; 1314 North 44th Avenue, Units: 220, Stories: 6.
  • James R. Heltzer Manor; 2121 Minnehaha Avenue South, Units: 110, Stories: 12.
  • Parker Skyview; 1815 NE Central Avenue, Units: 333, Stories: 25.
  • Fifth Avenue Hi-Rise; 2419 South 5th Avenue, AMP: AMP 5- Hiawatha, Units: 127.
  • Spring Manor; 828 NE Spring Street, Units: 189, Stories: 20.
  • The Holland Hi-Rise; 1717 NE Washington Street, AMP 4 – Northeast, Units: 182.
  • Charles Horn Towers – 3110; 3110 Blaisdell Avenue South, Units: 165, Stories: 22

Senior Housing

  • 1314 44th Avenue North – Hamilton Manor
  • 600 18th Avenue North – Lyndale Manor
  • 1710 Plymouth Avenue North – Rainbow Terrace
  • 350 Van White Memorial Blvd – Heritage Commons at Pond’s Edge
  • 1815 Central Avenue NE – Parker Skyview
  • 1717 Washington Street NE – Holland Highrise
  • 828 Spring Street NE – Spring Manor
  • 2533 1st Avenue South – Signe Burckhardt
  • 2728 Riverside Avenue South – The Riverside
  • 115 West 31st Street – Charles Horn Tower
  • 3110 Blaisdell Avenue South – Charles Horn Tower
  • The Senior Place located at 1801 Central Avenue NE houses a congregate dining site, a food shelf, provides health programs, has an outreach counselor, conducts the Senior Aide Program, a training and employmentState of Housing in Minnesota program, cooking and exercise programs, conducts recreational activities and has a transportation program.
  • Park Elder Center, is located at 1505 Park Avenue South provides recreational, educational and social services to elderly persons in south Minneapolis and MPHA residents at 1515 Park Avenue South. The Center offers opportunities for older adults to remain active, healthy, contributing members of their families and communities.
  • Heritage Park Senior Services Center, is located at 1015 4th Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55405, is managed by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) and brings together several distinguished partners, including: Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Augustana Care – Open Circle, the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis, the Courage Center, Neighborhood HealthSource and the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council.

Assisted Living Programs

Programs in Assisted Living sites serve adults who have physical disabilities. Clients are taught independent living. Services provided are assistance with personal care, weekly housekeeping, and case management, two nutritionally balanced congregate meals daily, emergency response-24 hours a day, assistance with medications, bathing assistance, planned recreational activities and on-call nursing.

  • Cedar High Apartments (People Incorporated- Epilepsy and Mental Health Services); 630 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55454.
  • Heritage Commons at Ponds Edge (Assisted Living Program, Augustana); 350 Van White Memorial Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
  • Lyndale Manor (Assisted Living Program, Volunteers of America); 600 – 18th Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
  • Parker Skyview (Assisted Living Program, Volunteers of America); 1815 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.
  • Signe Burckhardt (Assisted Living Program, Ecumen); 2533 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
  • Third Avenue Towers (Accessible Space Inc. – Housing with Services); 1707 – 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
  • Thomas T. Feeney Manor (Enhanced Assisted Living and Memory Care Program, Augustana Care); 901 4thAvenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55405.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

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.

Assisted Living Housing with Services

Frail, elderly and disabled residents and applicants are given public housing as a housing option. These programs alsoState of Housing in Minnesota reduce costs and provide greater cost effectiveness in the delivery of housing and related services. Assisted living/housing with services clients avoid nursing home placements, remain in units longer, receive supportive services and enjoy independent living. Assignment of assisted living by slot as opposed to hard unit assignment, allow residents to remain in their own apartment instead of having to move to receive needed services.

Public Housing Lease to Own Program

Candidates must be public housing eligible, have household income at or below 80% of AMI, and agree to actively participate in counseling services, while leasing a select two-bedroom public housing town home in Heritage Park. Candidates must demonstrate that they can qualify for an MPHA-approved mortgage loan within three years, and purchase the town home within five years. Rent incentives and matched savings programs may assist with down payment and closing costs when the family is able to purchase the home. These units are new town houses, constructed in 2006.

Eligibility Criteria

To meet the Minimum Criteria the Pre-applicant Family must:

  • Have one to four family members for these 2-bedroom townhome units;
  • Be a first time homebuyer;
  • Have an income of $25,500/year;
  • Have reasonable credit;
  • Be currently employed and continuously employed at the firm or doing the same or similar work for the previous two year period. This requirement may be waived for an elderly or disabled applicant who has sufficient income to qualify for purchasing financing;
  • Be able to pay minimum rent and utilities in the amount of $869/month; and
  • Have the capacity to qualify for financing and to purchase the townhome within five years.

Habitat for Humanity

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates homes in the seven-county metro area to help low-income families enter affordable homeownership and to engage communities in the importance of this work. Habitat works side by side with selected homebuyers, volunteers and staff to build single family, twin or multi-unit homes. Habitat homeownership applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Lived in the Twin Cities for at least one year.
  • Meet Twin Cities Habitat’s income guidelines and credit and occupancy standards (these are adjusted annually).
  • Attend all Habitat homeowner education and training.
  • Contribute 300-500 hours of work toward the construction of Habitat Homes.
  • Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA).

The City of Minneapolis offers financing and two types of improvement loans through its City Living Program, a joint effort between the City of Minneapolis and the City of St. Paul. For more than 20 years the two cities have worked together to create mortgage loan products for low- and moderate-income families.

City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT)

CLCLT assists first time homebuyers in providing down payment assistance for the purchase of homes in the City of Minneapolis. Potential homebuyers must meet income guidelines and qualify for the primary mortgage loan with a CLCLTState of Housing in Minnesota participant lender. Homebuyer’s purchase the home and improvements, and enter into a long term land lease to sustain the affordability of the property. Upon sale of the home, there is an equity split between CLCLT and the homeowner, making the home perpetually affordable to lower income families. Call CLCLT at ext. 18 for more information.

Powderhorn Residents Council

Powderhorn Residents Group Inc. partners with communities all over the Twin Cities to stem the tide of home foreclosures and mitigate the effects of vacant, foreclosed homes. They offer free foreclosure counseling, helping many clients stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure.PRG is certified to conduct First Time Homebuyer Training Education and Mortgage Readiness Counseling by the American Homeownership Education Counseling and Training Institute (AHECTI) and the Minnesota Homeownership Center to give first-time and first-generation homebuyers the knowledge and confidence to buy homes and be successful, long-term homeowners.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis

The mission of Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis is to renew pride, promote and revitalize inner-city neighborhoods through the efforts of local residents, acting in concert with public and private partnership; and by emphasizing safe, affordable housing through homeownership for low and moderate income individuals and families in under-represented populations.

Eligibility for Public Housing assistance

Household income may not exceed 80% of the area median income to be eligible for the Low Income Public Housing program.Area median income is the midpoint income for the Metropolitan area. It is determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and means that half of the people earn more than the median, and half of the people earn less. MPHA uses these levels to set income limits for its programs. To be eligible to live in state public housing, a household must typically earn no more than 80 percent of the area median income. Income guidelines vary from year to year and region to region. To live in state assisted elderly public housing, you must be at least 60 years old. If you are a person with a disability, you must meet certain criteria to be eligible for state or federal housing for disabled persons.

Income Limits for Subsidized Housing in Minnesota

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Program1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
13100
21850
34900
15000
24950
39900
16850
28050
44900
18700
31150
49850
20200
33650
53850
21700
36150
57850
23200
38650
61850
24700
41150
65850
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
14800
24650
39450
16900
28200
45050
19000
31700
50700
21100
35200
56300
22800
38050
60850
24500
40850
65350
26200
43650
69850
27900
46500
74350
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
13600
22650
36250
15550
25900
41400
17500
29150
46600
19400
32350
51750
21000
34950
55900
22550
37550
60050
24100
40150
64200
25650
42750
68350
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
14350
23950
38300
16400
27400
43800
18450
30800
49250
20500
34200
54700
22150
36950
59100
23800
39700
63500
25450
42450
67850
27100
45150
72250
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
14500
24150
38650
16600
27600
44200
18650
31050
49700
20700
34500
55200
22400
37300
59650
24050
40050
64050
25700
42800
68450
27350
45550
72900
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
17650
29400
45500
20150
33600
52000
22650
37800
58500
25150
41950
65000
27200
45350
70200
29200
48700
75400
31200
52050
80600
33200
55400
85800
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
17100
28500
45500
19550
32550
52000
22000
36600
58500
24400
40650
65000
26400
43950
70200
28350
47200
75400
30300
50450
80600
32250
53700
85800
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
14500
24150
38650
16600
27600
44200
18650
31050
49700
20700
34500
55200
22400
37300
59650
24050
40050
64050
25700
42800
68450
27350
45550
72900
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
14600
24300
38850
16650
27750
44400
18750
31200
49950
20800
34650
55450
22500
37450
59900
24150
40200
64350
25800
43000
68800
27500
45750
73200
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
12600
21000
33600
14400
24000
38400
16200
27000
43200
18000
30000
48000
19450
32400
51850
20900
34800
55700
22350
37200
59550
23800
39600
63400
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
12600
21000
33600
14400
24000
38400
16200
27000
43200
18000
30000
48000
19450
32400
51850
20900
34800
55700
22350
37200
59550
23800
39600
63400
30% of Median
Very Low Income
Low Income
12600
21000
33600
14400
24000
38400
16200
27000
43200
18000
30000
48000
19450
32400
51850
20900
38400
55700
22350
37200
59550
23800
39600
63400

The income limits for public housing and vouchers are set by the government. They change every year and are different in different parts of the state and for different sized families. Applicants must be: 1) Income eligible, 2) Pass a criminal background check, Those with preferential status include:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters.
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action.
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety.
  • Veterans and local residents.

Unemployment Rate in Minnesota

The unemployment rate for Minnesota fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2013 to 5.4% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Minnesota peaked in April 2009 at 8.3% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower.

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.6% -0.1 -0.6
Minnesota 5.4% -0.1 -0.3

The housing waiting lists grow along with the increase in unemployment rate. For more information, contact your housing authority.