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 winter of 2022. 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 by visiting HUD’s website.

Section 811 PRA Funding in the 2022 Multifamily Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP)/2023 Housing Tax Credits Round 1

Applicants who submitted a Section 811 PRA pre-application will be notified before the Consolidated RFP Intent to Apply deadline about eligibility for the program. If you have questions about Section 811 PRA, please contact Ellie Miller.

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 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  (RAC) with Minnesota Housing and receive monthly Housing Assistance Payments by submitting payment vouchers in TRACS. The term of the RAC 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 (05:19).

Eligible Tenants

Target Populations

Section 811 PRA targets persons who are:

  • Experiencing Long-term Homelessness (LTH) and are enrolled in Minnesota's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) outreach program; OR
  • Persons who are exiting and institutional setting after long-term stay of 90 days or more and enrolled in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program;
  • Households must have a member 18 years of age of older in one of the above populations to be eligible.

PATH Eligibility: Persons eligible for PATH include those who are suffering from serious mental illness (SMI) and meet the definition of LTH OR those who are suffering from SMI with or without co-occurring substance abuse and who meet the definition of LTH. PATH eligibility determinations are made by the PATH outreach workers and not Minnesota Housing.

MFP Eligibility: Persons eligible for MFP must be living in a qualified institution for at least 90 consecutive days, excluding days covered by Medicare. Qualified Institutions include:

  • Intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Nursing facilities
  • Hospitals, including community behavioral health hospitals
  • Institutions for Mental Disease (IMF), to the extent Medical Assistance pays for the stay (Medical Assistance typically pays if the person is under 21 years of 65 years plus)

MFP program eligibility determinations are made by the MFP transition coordinator and not Minnesota Housing.

Priorities after Target Populations

Additional priority populations (in order of priority) will be used if no person can be identified as eligible from the target populations:

  • Adults experiencing long-term homelessness that are currently unsheltered and are enrolled in Minnesota's PATH outreach program
  • Adults with disabilities at risk of institutionalization who are living in corporate foster care or assisted living settings
  • Adults with disabilities at risk of institutionalization who are transitioning from their family homes
  • Other adults with disabilities who are risk of institutionalization

Additional Eligible Applicants

If there are no applicants on the waiting list for a site location from the target or priority populations, the following individuals will be eligible for the program:

  • Persons experiencing homelessness and serious mental illness with or without substance abuse and that do not have a PATH outreach worker available in their location but who are eligible for long-term supports.
The waiting list will be opened to the additional eligible populations in the following situations:
  • There is no PATH provider in the county
  • There are no MFP applicants for the units
  • The setting us more appropriate for a non-PATH targeted population
  • The ratio of non-PATH participants to PATH participants is less than 50%

Tenant Eligibility for Section 811 PRA Round Three Applicants Only

Target Population

Beyond the initial eligibility for Section 811 PRA, Minnesota will work to maintain a 50/50 balance between the two targeted groups that meet with 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 (HPH). 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 continue to operate a centralized process to manage the referrals, waiting list, and service coordination throughout the state and to coordinate with each property throughout the state. 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 Plans for more information.

Minnesota Housing Documents

Program Contacts

Section 811 PRA and RFP questions: Ellie Miller

Occupancy Questions: Cassie Gordon

RAC and TRACS questions: Annie Johnson

Department of Human Services Contact

Waiting List and Service Questions: Heidi Sandberg

Policy Information

Minnesota's Olmstead Plan

HUD 811 Portal