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Section 811 Supportive Housing Project-Based Rental Assistance Program (811 PRA)

Minnesota Housing, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), was selected to participate in the HUD Section 811 Project-Based Rent Assistance Program (811 PRA).
The purpose of the 811 PRA Program is to expand the supply of supportive housing that promotes and facilitates community integration for people with significant and long-term disabilities.  This program also supports Minnesota's Olmstead Plan, which ensures people with disabilities will live, learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting.
Minnesota Housing was awarded initial funding for 85 units under the HUD Section 811 Demonstration Program. Funds for these units are available on an open pipeline basis until all units are contracted. In 2015, Minnesota Housing received a second award for an additional 75 Section 811 PRA units. These units will be awarded to new or existing properties through the 2015 and 2016 Multifamily Rental Housing Common Application Request for Proposals (RFP) and an open pipeline basis.
Eligible applicants include private and public owners of multifamily properties with financing through Minnesota Housing, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Properties in the Project Based Section 8 Portfolio (with unsubsidized units) as well as properties that have other public funding sources are also eligible to apply. Owners must have experience administering HUD Rental Assistance.
Selected Property Owners will enter into a Rental Assistance Contract and will receive monthly Housing Assistance Payments through voucher processing. The amount will be based on submission of tenant information in TRACS. The term of the Rental Assistance Contract is 20 years.
No more than 25% of the total units in an eligible multifamily property can be used for supportive housing or have occupancy restrictions or preferences for people with disabilities. This includes the Section 811 PRA units.
Eligible tenants include households composed of one or more persons with a disability, who are at least 18 but less than 62 years of age, are extremely  low-income (30% AMI), and who will benefit from the supportive services offered in connection with the housing. In addition to these requirements, this program targets households that have extensive histories of housing instability as evidenced by one of the following:
  1. Has a serious mental illness and is long-term homeless (LTH)
  2. Is exiting an institutional setting after a long-term stay of 90 days or more and is participating in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program.
DHS will coordinate all outreach, screening, and referrals for Section 811 PRA units. They will also administer a centralized waitlist and coordinate with referring providers. These providers will connect tenants to community based services. The DHS Housing Coordinator will work with owners of properties to stay informed of vacancies and will ensure that supportive services are offered to tenants.
See the Section 811 PRA Program Guide for more information about the Section 811 program requirements.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Section 811 PRA applicants may apply for between 4 and 11 units at each eligible property. There are two ways to apply:

1. Applications for new or existing properties (that are also applying for capital funding) will be accepted through the 2015 Multifamily Common Application Request for Proposals.

Apply here: Multifamily Common Application Request for Proposals

2. Applications for existing properties will be accepted on an open pipeline basis until all Section 811 PRA units are contracted. These units must be leased by August 2016.

Submit a completed application to using the subject line: Section 811 PRA Application, your organization name, project name

Application Materials for Pipeline Applications

Section 811 PRA Program Guide

Application Narrative Form

Multifamily Workbook

Workbook Instructions for 811 PRA Applications 

Program Contacts

Section 811 PRA and RFP questions: Vicki Farden, 651.296.8125

RAC and TRACS questions: Rose Marsh, 651.296.5602

Department of Human Services Contacts

Money Follows the Person: Heidi Sandberg, 651.431.6357

PATH: Gary Travis, 651.431.2252

Policy Information:

Minnesota's Olmstead Plan

HUD 811 Portal

811 Program Technical Assistance Collaboration Resource Center