St. Paul Public Housing Agency
W. Andrew Boss Building
555 Wabasha Street North
Suite 400
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
(651) 298-5664

Equal Housing Opportunity

Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher
Other Program Information

  • Applications and Voucher Issuance (applicants with extremely low incomes - less than 30% of the area median income (see "Eligibility"), residents of St. Paul, Veterans, and those who are participating in special allocations or programs receive preference points for admission)
  • Voucher Management (annual and special re-exams, moves, turnover)
  • Special Allocations (Targeted Assistance)
  • Approximately 4,550 units of subsidy
  • $34 million annual operating budget (administration and rent payments to landlords, participants pay 30% of income for rent and utilities)
  • Click here to view a notice about rent increase information.
  • Click here to view a list of payment standards and utility allowances.
  • Click here for Section 8 staff assignments.

Special Allocations

Mainstream Program for Persons with Disabilities

Disability Vouchers

117 (as of 12/1/2006) units of subsidy: This program is designed to provide housing assistance to very low income families with adults with disabilities. PHA staff will assist participants in locating accessible units and provide referrals to organizations that specialize in assistance for person with disabilities, including financial assistance for unit modifications.

Moderate Rehabilitation

75 units: This program is designed to achieve two objectives - longer term affordable housing and improving rental property conditions. Participating property owners agree to rehabilitate their properties to meet federal Housing Quality Standards and participate in the program for fifteen years. Mary Hall Single Room Occupancy is 75 units. The Salvation Army's "Both Brown Foyer" has 6 units for homeless youth.

Project-Based Voucher Program

Up to 544 units of existing 4,550 units of tenant-based assistance. This program attaches the rent subsidy to a specific development or certain apartments in a development that has been recently rehabilitated or newly constructed. If the tenant moves (with or without a voucher), the unit continues to be subsidized. The goals of the program include contributing to the upgrading and long-term viability of the city's housing stock; increase the supply of affordable housing; integrate housing and supportive services; and promote the coordination and leveraging of resources.

  • The PHA Board has approved 24 PBV projects that are active, with a total of 467 PBA units.
  • The PHA Board approved 3 other PBV projects with 47 units that did not go forward: HUD denied 2 projects (Breaking Free and Jendayi Place) and 1 project was cancelled (Edgerton Lofts).
  • HUD has approved 22 of the 24 projects, total 449 units; 2 projects with 18 units are pending (PPL West 7th and Renaissance Box).
  • 21 projects with 401 PBV units are currently under contract.
  • Supportive Housing: 15 projects with 201 units are under contract; 1 project with 48 units (Lexington Commons) has HUD approval and is in development; 2 projects with 18 units (PPL West 7th and Renaissance Box) are pending.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH)

140 vouchers: This program provides rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Referrals for this program come from the regional VA Center.

A limited number of VASH Vouchers are still available to help homeless veterans in St. Paul. Contact Anthony Olson at the PHA (telephone: 651-298-5265, e-mail: anthony.olson@stpha.org) for general information. For more specifics, contact the Mental Health-Homeless Programs staff at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center (612-467-1771). Please click here for further explanation.

Family Unification Program (FUP)

100 vouchers: This program promotes family unification by providing Housing Choice Vouchers to “families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the separation, or the threat of imminent separation, of children from their families and to youths 18 to 21 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and lack adequate housing.” Referrals for this program come from Ramsey County Human Services.

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