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. 


If you have applied for the Dakota County CDA’s Housing Choice Voucher waiting list in July 2018, the lottery for placement on the waiting list will take place 6-8 weeks after the application period closed. Applicants will receive an email after the lottery placement for the waiting list has been completed that indicates if they were or were not placed on the waiting list.

The CDA will not process application changes or updates until after the lottery waiting list process is complete.

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


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Housing Choice Voucher FAQ