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Rental Assistance Programs

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
Project Based Assistance (PBA)
Family Self Sufficiency Program
Family Unification Program
Continuum of Care
HUD-VASH (Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing)

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Section 8) utilizes the existing private rental market in Dakota County to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing opportunities for low-income families, elderly, handicapped and disabled persons at an affordable cost. The CDA administers this federal program for all of Dakota County. The CDA assists over 2,200 families and individuals through this program.

Program participants pay a minimum of 30% of their monthly adjusted income toward rent (and may not pay more than 40% of monthly adjusted income when initially leasing a unit with voucher assistance). The program provides rental assistance which is the difference between the participants rent portion and the contract rent. The rent assistance is paid directly to the property owner on the first of each month.

Program participants choose a rental unit from the private rental market and the property owner must be willing to accept voucher-assisted tenants. All assisted rental units must pass an annual inspection based on federally established Housing Quality Standards.

The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
Waiting List is now closed.

If you applied for the Dakota County CDA's Housing Choice Voucher waiting list in 2015, you can check your application status online at


Program Income Limits (effective 3/28/2016)

Household Size

Voucher Program Payment Standards (effective 5/17/2016)
The maximum assistance a household is eligible to receive is equal to the difference between 30% of a household’s monthly adjusted income and the applicable Voucher Payment Standard.

Region 1: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and Mendota Heights

Region 2: Farmington, Hastings, Rosemount, South St. Paul and West St. Paul

Payment Standards

Bedroom Size

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Manufactured Homes



Voucher Program Utility Allowance Schedule
(Effective 4/1/16)

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Project Based Voucher (PBV) Program
Similar to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the PBV Program provides low- and moderate-income households with monthly rental assistance. However, with PBV assistance, the subsidy stays with the unit - not the tenant. The CDA administers PBV contracts on 31 units in two privately owned rental properties in Dakota County including: Hidden Ponds, Apple Valley and Cedar Villas Townhomes, Eagan.

Eligible households pay 30% of their adjusted monthly income towards rent and the PBV Program pays the difference between the household’s rent portion and the contract rent.

Families must qualify for a 2 bedroom unit (based on household size and composition).

The Cedar Villas and Hidden Ponds Project Based Voucher waiting lists are closed.

Family Self Sufficiency Program
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program was established by the CDA to promote economic self-sufficiency among participating families. This program is aimed at coordinating and providing private and public sector support services necessary to enable larger families to achieve self-sufficiency goals. The CDA offers this program to participants of the Housing Choice Voucher Program as an opportunity to build an escrow savings account to be used by the family for a downpayment for a home, reliable transportation, repayment of student loans, etc.

Family Self Sufficiency Brochure

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Family Unification Program
The Family Unification Program (FUP) is designed to increase the housing resources of child welfare families to prevent the separation of children from their parents because of inadequate housing, to ease the transition to adulthood for youth aging out of foster care, and to facilitate and expedite access to housing and supportive services through agency collaboration. The CDA has 100 FUP vouchers that will allow families to reunite with children who are otherwise unable to leave foster care because of the inability to afford decent affordable housing.

Dakota County Social Services will screen and refer potential FUP participants to the Dakota County CDA as well as provide supportive services to participating families and youth, services to help assisted families achieve stability and a measure of security.

Bridges serves persons with chronic and persistent mental illness. The CDA administers the housing subsidy portion of this program which is grant funded by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. The Dakota County Social Services Department coordinates the support services for the clients. Participants contribute 30% of their income toward rent and the grant subsidizes the remainder. This program provides a temporary subsidy that “bridges” the gap between homelessness, treatment centers, institutional facilities and permanent affordable housing.

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Continuum of Care
Continuum of Care provides rent assistance, in connection with supportive services, to homeless persons with disabilities. The program is a collaborative effort with the Dakota County Community Services Division. The supportive services provided by Community Services fulfill a dollar-for-dollar match requirement for the HUD grant. The CDA assists 23 households through this program.

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HUD-VASH (Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing)
HUD-VASH is a unique partnership between the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides long-term case management, supportive services and permanent housing support for chronically homeless Veterans. The program seeks to serve the neediest, most vulnerable homeless Veterans. A key component of the program is VA’s case management services. Case management services promote housing stability and support recoveries from physical and mental illnesses and substance use disorders. These services are designed to improve the Veteran’s physical and mental health and enhance the veteran’s ability to live in safe and affordable housing within Dakota County.

Eligibility Criteria:
There are two components to HUD-VASH program eligibility – VA requirements and Dakota County CDA regulations.
Veterans meet VA requirements when they:
• Are eligible for VA health care services
• Require and engage in case management services to obtain and sustain housing
• Are literally homeless. Priority is given to those veterans who meet definition of chronically homeless and with high vulnerability.

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