The Public Housing waiting list is no longer accepting applications as of March 31, 2016.
Low Income Public Housing is a federally assisted rental assistance program. It is project based and requires a household to live in housing owned by the Olmsted County Housing Authority. The OCHRA manages a total of 110 two, three and four bedroom housing units (20 single family houses and 90 townhouse units). A partial inventory of LIPH properties can be accessed by the link on the left. All households pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities. Rent is paid to the OCHRA.
LIPH tenants are responsible for paying their own utilities. A utility allowance is established for each type of unit by address.
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) oversees all agencies managing LIPH. HUD requires each agency to have an Agency Plan. The Plan is a checklist that demonstrates an agency fulfills the requirements listed for both the LIPH and Housing Choice Voucher program. HUD uses the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) to annually rate an agency's performance. Seven elements are reviewed and rated. OCHRA has received no less than a standard rating since the system was established in 1999.
The Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) includes policies which govern the agency's administration of the Public Housing Program, and 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.
ACOP Chapter 3 Eligibility (139 KB)
ACOP Chapter 5 Occupancy (56.6 KB)
ACOP Chapter 6 Income and Rent (266 KB)
ACOP Chapter 7 Verification (129 KB)
ACOP Chapter 10 Pets (99.2 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ACOP may be reviewed in full here: Current ACOP (1.49 MB)
The current Public Housing lease may be reviewed here: Current Lease (134 KB)