Public Housing


The Public Housing waiting list is closed.

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). All households pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities. Rent is paid to the OCHRA.

Public Housing 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 Public Housing. 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 Public Housing 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.