Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Section 8) partners with the 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 and assists over 2,600 families and individuals through this program.

Program participants pay a minimum of 30% of their monthly adjusted income toward rent. 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.

Vouchers stay with the tenant and not with the housing unit. This allows for more flexibility in housing choices and options.


The waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is closed. The CDA is not accepting applications at this time. 


The Dakota County CDA received over 6,000 applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section8) waiting list in July 2018. The CDA received more applications than there were spots available on the list. 1,500 applications were randomly selected for placement on the list.

All applicants were sent an email on August 24, 2018, that indicates if they were or were not placed on the waiting list.

For applicants on the waiting list:

  • The CDA will contact you by mail when your name reaches the top of the list to start the verification process to determine program eligibility.
  • Notify the CDA of mailing address changes.
    • Online through the CDA MyHousing website
    • In writing by mail to the CDA
      Dakota County CDA
      Attn: Section 8 Waiting List Updates
      1228 Town Centre Drive
      Eagan MN 55123

We anticipate that the waiting list will be closed for at least 1 1/2 years.

If you have questions, please email the CDA at applications@dakotacda.state.mn.us.


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Housing Choice Voucher FAQ