The Metropolitan Council, Metro’s regional planning agency, will host a lottery in late June that aims to refresh its long waiting list for federal Section 8 housing vouchers.
Metro HRA vouchers aim to reduce the rent burden by 30 to 40 percent of the home’s adjusted gross income and can be used as a rent credit with suburban landlords that are open to Section 8 tenants.
The Metro HRA waiting list typically expands to around 2,000 applicants, with the expectation that most families on the waiting list will receive vouchers within two to five years or find affordable housing through other means, such as from another housing agency. . Many cities and counties—including St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Dakota counties—offer Section 8 vouchers through their own public housing authorities and community development agencies.
“I expect we will see a very high response rate at this point in time,” said Lisa Barjas, Almighty Development Director for the Met Council. “It’s always more applications than we have on our waiting list.”
The lottery will run on June 22 from 9 am to June 28. The families will be added to the waiting list on July 8. To apply, visit waitlistcheck.com/metro.
Metro HRA currently manages housing vouchers for around 6,900 families. Administrators said that at the local and national level, casualty rates – families that no longer rely on vouchers to pay their rent – have fallen during the pandemic, meaning more families are dependent on vouchers for longer periods of time. they can end. This is likely a result of both higher rents and lost household income.
“Our unemployment is low, but it is not low across all groups and demographics across the region,” Barajas said. “This unemployment is affecting some of the families that are still suffering.”