Olmsted County Housing & Redevelopment Authority




Olmsted County HRA Public Housing Two-Bedroom Townhome Waitlist

Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (OCHRA) is opening its Public Housing waiting list for two-bedrooms townhome units at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  The waiting list will close once we have received 300 pre-applications.


Applicants may apply using any device with internet access including computers, tablets, or smart phones, or computers available at the public library between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, located at 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904.  For accommodations, please contact OCHRA at (507) 328-7150.

Public Housing Waitlist Pre-Application - APPLY ONLINE HERE

Income Limits:

​30% (EL)​50% (VL)​80% (L)
1 person​​19,750​32,850​52,550
​2 person​22,550​37,550​60,050
​3 person​23,350​42,250​67,550
​4 person​28,150​46,900​75,050
​5 person​30,450​50,700​81,100
​6 person​34,590​54,450​87,100
​7 person​39,010​58,200​93,100
​8 person​43,430​61,950​99,100


The PHA has established a preference for "working" families, where the head, spouse, cohead, or sole member is employed at least 20 hours per week. As required by HUD, families where the head and spouse, or sole member is a person age 62 or older, or is a person with disabilities, will also be given the benefit of the working preference.



  • Applicants will be placed on the waiting list according to PHA preference(s) and the date and time their complete application is received by the PHA.
  • If the PHA determines from the information provided that a family is ineligible, the family will not be placed on the waiting list. When a family is determined to be ineligible, the PHA will send written notification of the ineligibility determination after receipt of the completed application. The notice will specify the reasons for ineligibility, and will inform the family of its right to request an informal hearing and explain the process for doing so.
  • The PHA will send written notification of the preliminary eligibility determination after receiving a completed application. If applicable, the notice will also indicate the waiting list preference(s) for which the family appears to qualify


About the Public Housing Program

The Public Housing Program is a federally funded program that provides decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.  Program participants pay a rent amount based on 30% of the family's anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any.  Public housing in Olmsted County consists of townhome units and scattered single-family homes.



Olmsted County HRA Mission:

To provide Olmsted County residents opportunities to obtain quality, affordable housing.

The Olmsted County HRA is governed by a Board of Commissioners that meets monthly. It administers programs that provide rental assistance to tenants and rehabilitation funds to both homeowners and rental property owners. In addition, the Olmsted County HRA manages county-owned rental properties and partners with local agencies to provide other programs to increase the availability of affordable housing to residents of Olmsted County.


Federal Law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. In Olmsted County, housing discrimination complaints can be filed with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

If you suspect unfair housing practices, you can go to HUD’s website to file a complaint online, or call 800 669-9777 (TDD 800 927-9275) or 612 370-3000.

You can also go to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights website to file a complaint online, or call 651 296-5663 (TTY 651 596-1283).