Minnesota's Section 8 housing lottery opens for first time since 2007

The Metropolitan Council's Housing and Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday reopened its Section 8 housing waiting list for the first time in 8 years. The program sets up individuals with a landlord and eligible households pay 30 to 40 percent of their income for rent, and then the Met Council's  housing and redevelopment authority program (HRA) pays the rest.

The window for applicants is only open from Feb. 24 at 8 a.m. and closes Feb. 27 at 12 p.m., and it's only available online. Applications are not available in the HRA offices, and fax or e-mail requests will not be accepted, the HRA's website indicates. A random selection of applicants will fill the waiting list, and there are certain income guidelines they must meet.

Last time, according to HRA manager Terri Smith, they received 9,000 applications, but with the explosion of social media, they're expecting more than 60,000 people will apply.

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