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

Minnesota Housing, in partnership with the Department of Human Services, was selected to participate in the HUD Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program and awarded funding for 95 units of Project Based Rental Assistance (PRA).
 
The purpose of the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is to expand the supply of supportive housing that promotes and facilitates community integration for people with significant and long-term disabilities.
 

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include private and public owners of multifamily properties that have been financed by Minnesota Housing, or are within the agency’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit or Project Based Section 8 Portfolio (with unsubsidized units).
 
The Project Based Rental Assistance will be awarded to eligible properties through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP).  Selected Property Owners will enter into a Rental Assistance Contract (RAC) and receive monthly Housing Assistance Payments through voucher processing based on submission of tenant information in TRACS. The term of the RAC will be 20 years.
 
No more than 25 percent of the total units in an eligible multifamily property can be provided Section 811 PRA, be used for supportive housing or have occupancy restrictions or preferences for people with disabilities.
 
Persons eligible for this program include households composed of one or more persons with a disability that are at least 18 years of age and less than 62 years of age, are extremely low-income (30% AMI), and who can benefit from the supportive services offered in connection with the housing. In addition to these requirements, Minnesota will target households that have extensive histories of housing instability, as evidenced by one of the following:
  1. Has a serious mental illness and is long-term homeless (“LTH”); or
  2. Exiting institutional settings after a long-term stay of 90 days or more, and participating in Money Follows the Person (“MFP”) demonstration program.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) will coordinate all outreach, screening and referrals for 811 PRA units, administer the wait list, and coordinate with referring providers. These providers will connect tenants to services. The DHS Housing Coordinator will work with owners of properties to stay informed of vacancies and ensure that supportive services are being provided to clients.
 

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Section 811 PRA application will be a two-stage process.

Stage One: This is a prerequisite for Stage Two. Applicants indicate intent to apply for Section 811 PRA and provide information about the intended developments and units.

The Stage One application due date has been extended to 4:30 p.m. on Friday June 6, 2014

Submit completed Application Form to mhfa.app@state.mn.us  using the subject line 811 PRA Stage One Application- (your organization name, project name). 

Application Materials

Program Information

Application Form

Training

Watch a recorded training Webinar - Hosted by Vicki Farden and Ashley Oliver (17:15)

Presentation Notes Handout

Q and A from the webinar session - coming soon

 

Stage Two

All applicants must complete a Stage One application to be eligible for Stage Two. This RFP will be announced in June 2014. Eligible applicants from Stage One will be notified by email.

 

 

Program Contacts

Section 811 PRA Demo Program Questions:

Request for Proposal (RFP), Rental Assistance Contract (RAC) and TRACS Questions:

Department of Human Services Contacts:

Policy Information:

Minnesota Olmstead Plan Information: Olmstead Plan

HUD Section 811 Program Information: HUD 811 Portal

TAC (Technical Assistance Collaboration) Resource Center: HUD Section 811 Program