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

Minnesota Housing Awarded Third Section 811 PRA Grant

In early August 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Minnesota Housing was one of 12 housing finance agencies from around the country selected to receive a Section 811 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PRA) Program grant. This is Minnesota Housing’s third Section 811 PRA grant from HUD. The first two awards provided rental assistance to 159 households across the state. This new award will support an estimated 160 households where at least one family member is under 62 who has a disability and is extremely low income.

Eligible developments will include both existing developments as well as developments that are still in the concept phase and will seek funding within the next several years. For existing developments, Minnesota Housing anticipates sharing this plan in the summer of 2021. 

Section 811 PRA Funding in the 2021 Multifamily Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP)/2022 Housing Tax Credits Round 1

Section 811 PRA are anticipated to be available for units for people with disabilities through the 2021 Consolidated RFP. Applicants must submit an 811 pre-application by noon on Thursday, May 20 in the Multifamily Customer Portal to determine eligibility for the program prior to submitting a full Consolidated RFP application. Applicants will be notified about eligibility for the program prior to the application due date.

IMPORTANT: Existing developments with or without Section 811 PRA units cannot apply for Section 811 PRA funding through the 2021 Multifamily Consolidated RFP. Minnesota Housing anticipates sharing our plan for how existing developments can apply for funding this summer. Please sign up for our eNews list to be notified when this funding is announced and how to apply.

Section 811 PRA Pre-application Timeline

  • Wednesday, April 14: Section 811 PRA pre-application materials available in the Multifamily Customer Portal
  • Thursday, May 20 at noon: Section 811 PRA pre-application due
  • Thursday, June 10: Applicants will be notified of Section 811 PRA Program eligibility

All application dates are contingent on a final award agreement between Minnesota Housing and HUD. Sign up for our eNews list to receive Section 811 PRA news and updates and learn more about the Section 811 PRA award announcement by reading HUD’s press release and visiting HUD’s website.

Program Description

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.

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. Rent levels cannot exceed the applicable fair market rents (FMR) as determined by HUD.

To learn more about the Section 811 PRA program, watch this video produced in March 2021.

Eligible Tenants

To be eligible for Section 811 PRA include single adults and families. Households must meet each of the following three criteria:

  • The household must include at least one adult with a disability who is at least 18 but less than 62 years of age at the time of admission.
  • The household must include at least one adult with a disability who is eligible for community-based, long-term services funded through Medicaid or state funding sources, including Medicaid Home and Community Based Services, Adult Mental Health Services, Moving Home Minnesota demonstration services, also known as Money Follows the Person (MFP), and Minnesota’s Long-term Homeless Supportive Services.
  • Household income cannot exceed the Extremely Low Income (ELI) limit established by HUD.

Beyond the initial eligibility for 811 PRA, Minnesota will work to maintain a 50/50 balance between the two targeted groups that meet the criteria above and have extensive histories of housing instability, as evidenced by one of the following: 

  • Experiencing homelessness, meeting the criteria of high priority homeless (chronic homeless, long-term homeless. Unsheltered applicants will have priority (up to 25% of the units for this population will be targeted to unsheltered homeless) 
  • Exiting institutional settings after a long-term stay of 90 days or more (up to 25% of the units targeted for this population may be targeted for persons at risk of institutionalization and living in segregated settings) 

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.

IMPORTANT: Referrals are made by agencies working with the target populations listed in the Eligible Tenants section above. The DHS Housing Coordinator notifies the referring agencies when there are openings in the program or when more applicants can be added to the waiting list. Applicants cannot refer themselves to the program.

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 Selection Plan Guidelines for more information.

Minnesota Housing Documents

Program Contacts

Section 811 PRA and RFP questions: Ellie Miller

Occupancy Questions: Cassie Gordon

RAC and TRACS questions: Rose Marsh

Department of Human Services Contact

Waiting List and Service Questions: Heidi Sandberg

Policy Information

Minnesota's Olmstead Plan

HUD 811 Portal