Housing Assistance Programs in Olmsted County

 
 

 

 

OCHRA Program List

Housing Choice Vouchers                    (Formerly Section 8)

This program is an income based rental assistance program administered by the Olmsted County HRA. Eligible participants receive a voucher to find a private rental unit within Olmsted County, and pay 30% of their adjusted gross income towards rent. The remaining portion is paid by the HRA directly to the landlord. There is a waiting list, and no applications are being accepted at this time. The program serves about 535 households.

 

Public Housing

This is an income based housing program owned and operated by the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). There are 110 housing units in the program, all located in Rochester. Households pay 30% of their adjusted gross income towards rent. There is a waiting list and no applications are being accepted at this time.

 

Bridges 

Bridges is an income based rental assistance program for low income adults diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness. Participants are given a certificate/voucher which provides a rental subsity, and they must find a private rental unit within Olmsted County. Participants are selected from the Coordinated Entry List*. The program serves about 15 households.

 

Housing Options Program (HOP)  

This is an income based housing program for low income disabled individuals. All clients for this program are referred by Zumbro Valley Health Center. Participants are provided a subsidy of up to $250 towards a rental unit they find and lease within Olmsted County. The program serves about 30 households. Information about program admission and wait list can be received by calling Zumbro Valley at 507 289-2089.

 

Transitional Rental Assistance Program (T-RAP)

This is an income based rental assistance program administered by the Olmsted County HRA. This program serves households who are homeless or near homelessness with an income at or below 30% of median income, and provides a subsidy up to $400 towards rent in a unit the household finds and leases. Participants are selected from the Coordinated Entry List*. The program serves about 18 households.

 

Gage East Apartments

Gage East Apartments is a 55-unit supportive housing development for homeless youth and families. There are 25 units for youth (ages 16-21) and 30 units for families. The HRA has allocated 30 Housing Choice Vouchers to the family units which will assist households with rent. Participants are selected from the Coordinated Entry List*. Built into the Gage East Apartments is The Empowerment Center – a collaborative project partnering groups like Family Service Rochester, Lutheran Social Services Link Program, Olmsted County, Rochester Public Schools, Workforce Development, Inc. and the TOTs Program with residents.

 

*Coordinated Entry List

Coordinated Entry is a HUD and MN Housing mandate for certain types of funding that utilize HMIS (a homeless management information system). In order to access certain programs that receive funding from HUD or MN Housing, clients must be assessed and placed on the Coordinated Entry list. When openings occur, names are pulled from the Coordinated Entry list by their score for the program opening.

Access sites in Olmsted County for Coordinated Entry:

Families and Single Adults-

Three Rivers CAP: 507 732-7391                                  Salvation Army: 507 288-3663                                       Guiding Partners for Solutions: 507 328-6325 

Veterans-

MN Assistance Council for Veterans: 507 345-8258

Single Adults-

Zumbro Valley Homeless Service Team: 507 535-5641

Unaccompanied Youth (persons under age 25)-

Lutheran Social Service - LINK: 507 316-8273

Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence-

Women's Shelter: 507 285-1010 or 507 285-1938

Families with Children-

Family Promise Rochester: 507 281-3122