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 Rental Assistance Program (811 PRA).
The purpose of Section 811 PRA 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 makes sure people with disabilities live, learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting possible.
Minnesota Housing was awarded funding for 160 units of project-based rental assistance under HUD’s Section 811 Program and has awarded 132 of these units to 20 properties. The remaining available units will be awarded to new or existing properties through the 2017 Multifamily Rental Housing Common Application Request for Proposals (RFP) and on 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 percentage 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 supportive services offered in connection with housing. In addition to these requirements, the program targets households that have extensive histories of housing instability as evidenced by one of the following
- Has a serious mental illness and is long-term homeless (LTH)
- 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.
Tenant Referrals and Services: The DHS Housing Coordinator will coordinate all outreach, screening and referrals for Section 811 PRA units and will also administer a centralized wait list and coordinate with referring providers. These providers will connect tenants to community based services. The DHS Housing Coordinator will also work with owners of properties to stay informed of vacancies and will ensure that supportive services are offered to tenants.
Tenant Screening; Property managers and owners are encouraged to recognize that supportive housing programs are intended to house people who often have poor credit, poor rental histories, or criminal backgrounds. Supportive housing programs are successful in serving the people for whom they are designed only when these issues do not raise insurmountable barriers to accessing housing.
To the extent permitted by the rules and regulations related to the type of housing, housing providers are encouraged to adopt lenient and flexible criteria regarding these common barriers when creating a tenant selection plan. See Minnesota Housing's tenant screening guidance for more information.
Section 811 PRA applicants may apply for between 4 and 11 units at each eligible property. There are two ways to apply:
- Applications for new or existing properties (that are also applying for capital funding) will be accepted through the 2017 Multifamily Common Application RFP. If you intend to apply, we invite you to submit a pre-application to determine the property’s eligibility for the program.
- Applications for existing properties will be accepted on an open pipeline basis until all Section 811 PRA units are contracted.
Submit a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Section 811 PRA Application, your organization name, project name.
- 811 Pre-Application Narrative Form
- Multifamily Workbook - If using Firefox, you may be prompted to open the file or save the file. Please use “Save As” option to download these files, rather than “Open.
- Workbook Instructions for 811 PRA Applications
Minnesota Housing Documents
- Suggested File Outline
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
811 Housing Coordinator: Heidi Sandberg, 651.431.6357
PATH: Gary Travis, 651.431.2252