Housing

The Rice County Section 8 waiting list opens at 8 a.m. Friday, April 29.

The Mainstream waiting list is for non-elderly disabled households is open. Find more information
here.

The CARES Act allows for alternative approaches to various aspects of HRA operations. Click here to see which waivers the HRA has implemented and their effective dates.

The Rice County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) offers in-person interpreters or telephone interpreters as requested by applicants/participants at no cost. Reach the HRA at 507-333-3787.

(HRA) 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.

Emergency housing vouchers

Emergency Housing Vouchers are available for individuals and families who are

  • Experiencing homelessness;
  • At risk of experiencing homelessness;
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or
  • recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability.
To apply, contact River Valleys Continuum of Care to be screened for Coordinated Entry at www.rivervalleyscoc.org. Find more information here.

Department overview


The HRA's primary purpose is to administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. In addition to Section 8, the Housing Office offers other programs geared toward home ownership and improving housing opportunities in Rice County.


Language access plan


The HRA receives funds from the federal government to provide meaningful access to its programs and activities by persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Language for LEP persons can be a barrier to accessing important housing benefits and services, understanding and exercising important rights, complying with applicable responsibilities, or understanding other information provided by the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher program. In certain circumstances, failure to ensure LEP persons can effectively participate in or benefit from federally assisted programs and activities may violate the prohibition under Title VI against discrimination on the basis of national origin.

The HRA strives to treat all applicants and voucher holders fairly. To ensure that the local administration of the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program is accessible to all, the Language Access Plan (LAP) has been developed and approved by the HRA board. The LAP is in accordance with federal guidelines (Executive Order 13166), and guidance provided by both the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

Housing documents