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Section 811 Supportive Housing Project-Based Rental Assistance Program (811 PRA)

Minnesota Housing, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), administers the HUD Section 811 Project-Based Rental Assistance Program (811 PRA).
 
The purpose of Section 811 PRA is to expand the supply of supportive housing that promotes and facilitates community integration for people with significant and long-term disabilities. This program also advances Minnesota's Olmstead Plan, a series of key activities to ensure people with disabilities live, learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting possible.
 
Minnesota Housing has awarded all of the available 811 PRA funding to 27 properties in Minnesota for a total of 159 units of project-based rental assistance.

Selected properties enter into a Rental Assistance Contract with Minnesota Housing and receive monthly Housing Assistance Payments by submitting payment vouchers in TRACS. The term of the Rental Assistance Contract is 20 years.
 
No more than 25% of the total units in an eligible multifamily property can be used for supportive housing or have occupancy restrictions or preferences for people with disabilities. This percentage includes the Section 811 PRA units.
 
Eligible tenants include households composed of one or more persons with a disability who are at least 18 but less than 62 years of age, are extremely low-income (30% AMI), and who will benefit from community based supportive services. In addition to these requirements, the program targets households that have extensive histories of housing instability as evidenced by one of the following:
  • Has a serious mental illness and is long-term homeless (LTH) and participating in the Project for Assistance Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH).
  • Is exiting an institutional setting after a long-term stay of 90 days or more and is participating in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program.
Tenant Referrals and Services: The DHS Housing Coordinator will coordinate all outreach, screening and referrals for Section 811 PRA units and will also administer a centralized wait list and coordinate with referring providers. These providers will connect tenants to community based services. The DHS Housing Coordinator will also work with owners of properties to stay informed of vacancies and will ensure that supportive services are offered to tenants.
 
Tenant Screening; Property managers and owners are encouraged to recognize that supportive housing programs are intended to house people who often have poor credit, poor rental histories, or criminal backgrounds. Supportive housing programs are successful in serving the people for whom they are designed only when these issues do not raise insurmountable barriers to accessing housing.
 
To the extent permitted by the rules and regulations related to the type of housing, housing providers are encouraged to adopt lenient and flexible criteria regarding these common barriers when creating a tenant selection plan.  See Minnesota Housing's tenant screening guidance for more information.
 
Refer to the Section 811 PRA Program Guide for more information about the Section 811 program requirements.
 

Minnesota Housing Documents

Program Contacts

Section 811 PRA and RFP questions: Vicki Farden, 651.296.8125

RAC and TRACS questions: Rose Marsh, 651.296.5602

Department of Human Services Contacts

811 Housing Coordinator: Heidi Sandberg, 651.431.6357

PATH: Gary Travis, 651.431.2252

Policy Information

Minnesota's Olmstead Plan

HUD 811 Portal

811 Program Technical Assistance Collaboration Resource Center