Tenant Resources


The RCHRA will offer in person interpreters or telephone interpreters as requested by applicants/participants at no cost. Please call the RCHRA at 507-333-3787.

(RCHRA) xafiiskan waxaad ka heli kartaa turjumaan kula kulma ama khadka telefoonka kuugu turjuma kolba/marba sidaad codsatid taasoo waliba bilaash kuu ah.  (RCHRA) 507-333-3787.


Apartment Listing

Rental properties/apartments in Rice County.  Call apartments for vacancies.

Section 8 Income Limits

(Effective April 1, 2016)

Income limits are established by HUD on an annual basis. They are set at 50% of the median family income for the geographical area. An applicant may be eligible for the program if his or her income is less than the limits shown below:

Family Size

Annual Income

1 Person$25,650
2 Persons$29,300
3 Persons$32,950
4 Persons$36,600
5 Persons$39,550
6 Persons$42,500
7 Persons$45,400
8 Persons$48,350

Section 8 Payment Standards

All units assisted under the Section 8 Program must meet the Payment Standard requirements. Payment Standards are the maximum amount allowed to be charged for rent and utilities at a particular unit. If the rent charged by the owner does not include electricity or some other utility, an amount specified by the HRA from a Utility Allowance Schedule is added to the contract rent that the owner charges to determine whether it is within the rental limits. Current Payment Standards are as follows:

Bedroom Size

Payment Standard

1 Bedroom$612.00
2 Bedroom$820.00
3 Bedroom$1,175.00
4 Bedroom$1,415.00
5 Bedroom$1,627.00
6 Bedroom$1,840.00

Section 8 Utility Allowance

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Section 8 Preferences

Resident of Rice County: Families that have permanent, sole place of residency in Rice County at the time of application.

Working Family: An applicant/spouse/partner/other adult who is working at the time of application.

Disabled: Family whose head, spouse or sole member:

  • Has a disability as defined in Section 223 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.423), or
  • Is determined by HUD regulations to have a physical, mental or emotional impairment that:
    • is expected to be of long, continued, and indefinite duration;
    • substantially impedes his or her ability to live independently; and
    • is of such a nature that such ability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions, or
  • Has a developmental disability as defined in Section 102 if the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 6001 (5)).

The definition of a person with disabilities does not exclude persons who have the disease acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or any conditions arising from the etiologic agent for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV). However, for the purpose of qualifying for low income housing, the definition does not include a person whose disability is based solely on any drug or alcohol dependence.

Verification must include one or more of the following:

  • Verified by a knowledgeable professional source that the person meets this criteria, using the exact working in the HUD definition.
  • Receipt of Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income.
  • Original SSA notice confirming SSI payments.

Elderly: An applicant or spouse who is sixty-two (62) years of age or older.


Attorney General's Tenant/Landlord Rights & Responsibilities Book

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