Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Programupdated: Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Housing Authority administers approximately 300 Section 8 rental assistance Vouchers, most of them "tenant based". The rent assistance program provides federal rent subsidies for low-income individuals and families in privately owned, existing market rate housing units. The HA pays the rent subsidy directly to the owner of the rental property with funds provided by HUD.
A participant in the Voucher Program pays between 30 and 40 percent of their annual income for rent and utilities. The Voucher Program uses a Payment Standard (benchmarked to the Fair Market Rents published by HUD) that reflects the cost of housing and utilities for the City of St. Louis Park, and is used to determine the maximum subsidy that the family can receive. Generally, the subsidy paid to the owner by the HA is the Payment Standard minus 30 percent of the family’s monthly income. Any type of private rental housing is eligible and the unit must meet the federal Housing Quality Standards (HQS) to qualify.
The Section 8 waiting list is currently closed – the HA is not accepting new applications.
Payment Standards and Utility Allowance Schedule