HRA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Rent Assistance Program

The Bloomington HRA’s (BHRA) goal is to follow guidance issued by HUD and the State Of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, while continuing to provide the best service possible.

The BHRA has implemented the following temporary changes listed in this attachment. 

BHRA Adopted COVID-19 Waivers for the HCV (Section 8) Program

Waiting list status: Closed

The Section 8 waiting lists is currently closed.

We are not taking applications at this time, as we currently have 3 active waiting lists, including the 2014 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, the 2018 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list, and the 2018 three-bedroom Project Based Voucher waiting list. There are approximately 1800 total applicants on these waiting lists. 

An applicant may check their status on the lists by going to It can take anywhere from 1-10 years to make it to the top of the list. We do not give out positions or rankings, but if an applicant lives, works or goes to school in Bloomington, they qualify for a local residency preference which places them higher on the list.

If you are an applicant, please be sure to inform us of any changes in your address because we send update applications out annually and make sure we have up to date information. If we are unable to reach you due to wrong/old addresses you will be removed from the waitlist.

You can send an address change to us by mail, fax, or email to: or directly from the website as you are checking your status you can click on the button that says send email.

More about the voucher program

The Housing Choice Voucher Rent Assistance Program helps very low-income households with rent payments. To qualify, annual gross household income cannot exceed:

Household Size  Income Limit
1 Person  $36,750
2 Person  $42,000
3 Person  $47,250
4 Person $52,450
5 Person  $56,650
6 Person $60,850

Portability Information

Landlord Information

Our landlord partners are critical to maintaining and increasing affordable housing options in Bloomington. If you own rental housing, you are eligible to accept rental assistance. 

Accepting Rental Assistance

The process of renting to a tenant with a voucher is similar to renting to a family who does not have assistance. You screen and select your tenants using your standard screening criteria. You collect the full amount of rent and maintain your property. 

We work to make the process as easy as possible. There are three requirements to participate:

  • Complete paperwork prior to the initial move-in.
  • Promptly report any proposed changes in the rent agreement, lease terms, or lease violations.
  • Provide housing that meets HQS Inspection Standards. Inspection occurs at initial move-in and annually.

A Housing Quality Inspection (HQS) is a required health and safety inspection. The inspection ensures that families moving into your rental units are safe. These resources will help you understand and prepare for an inspection:

Become a partner landlord by advertising units with "Vouchers Accepted" or "Rental Assistance Accepted" and advertise on the free HousingLink listing service. You may also notify us of available units.