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Administrative Plan

The Administrative Plan includes policies which govern the agency's administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program, is currently undergoing revision. The HRA Board of Commissioners will be reviewing the proposed updates and all public comments at the Board Meeting to be held on July 12, 2016. Public comment may be submitted via email or in writing until the start of the meeting. Chapters undergoing changes are listed below, with additions and deletions redlined throughout the document.

Chp 3 Eligibility (3.76 MB)

Chp 5 Briefing Voucher Issue (219 KB)

Chp 6 Income Subsidy (476 KB)

Chp 10 Moving Portability (255 KB)

Chp 11 Re Examinations (63.8 KB)

Chp 12 Terminations (264 KB)

Chp 16 Program Admin (370 KB)

Chp 17 Project Base (361 KB)

This document is also available for review at the office during business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, or upon request, a printed copy will be sent to you at no cost. 

Please contact Michele Merxbauer via email at Merxbauer.michele@co.olmsted.mn.us or by phone at 507-328-7151 if you have any questions, issues, or concerns pertaining to these documents.  Public testimony may be submitted to this email address, or addressed to the HRA at 2117 Campus Drive SE, Rochester MN 55904.

The current Administrative Plan may be reviewed in full here: Current Admin Plan (3.76 MB)

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The Olmsted County Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (formerly known as Section 8) waiting list is closed to new pre-applications.    

Notification Process:

Selected Households.  Households are randomly selected from the over 1,200 pre-applications that were received in September 2012.  Letters are sent to only the households informing them that they have been selected for the waiting list.   

Households Not Selected.   Letters are not mailed to pre-applicants that are not selected.   If you do not receive a letter, it likely means that your household was not selected.

Changes:  It is very important for all pre-applicants, whether chosen for the waiting list or those that remain in the lottery pool, that any changes in address or family composition be reported to our office in writing. You may write us a clearly written note and mail it or come to our office and fill out a pink Notification of Change form.  The notification form is also available by this link: Waiting List Change Form (173 KB).

Wait List Process:

·   Households are contacted based on their position on the waiting list.

·   New households are offered assistance when current voucher holders leave the program.  We have no control on this part of the process.

·   When you reach the top of the waiting list, we will mail a letter to the address in your file.  You will have a reasonable time in which to respond but there is a deadline.  If we do not receive a response by the deadline, your name will be removed from the list.

·   Households will be requested to complete an application and provide needed information.  It is important to provide all the requested information by the date requested.

We will mail a letter informing households that they are either eligible for the program and will be offered a voucher or not eligible for the program and will not be offered a voucher.

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HCV holders who wish to move into Olmsted County should contact their current housing authority worker to start the voucher transfer process.

The Housing Choice Voucher is a tenant-based rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the OCHRA throughout Olmsted County. The HCV program is available in most areas of the nation. The assistance "follows" the participant. This means it is possible for the participant to move without losing the assistance. Households pay a portion of the rent based on their total adjusted housing costs (rent and utilities). Federal standards set the maximum housing costs allowed under the program.

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