The St. Paul PHA’s HCV Waiting List is currently closed.  The lottery from the June 2019 waiting list opening has been completed.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to check their status online at www.waitlistcheck.com to see if they have been selected for the St. Paul PHA's HCV Waiting List. 

Emergency Shelter

The PHA does not provide any emergency shelter. All of the PHA’s public housing units are occupied and all Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher subsidies are in use, with long waiting lists for both programs. (The Section 8 waiting list has been closed since 2007.)

Families in Ramsey County who have no housing options and are seeking emergency overnight shelter should call Street Works Coordinated Entry at 651-291-0211 or 651-215-2262. The staff at Street Works Coordinated Entry will assess whether the family is eligible for emergency shelter or supportive housing in one of the project-based voucher programs and make a referral if possible. 

Single adults who are experiencing homelessness and are seeking emergency shelter can call the Dorothy Day Center, 651-647-2350 or go to 183 Old 6th Street in St. Paul.

Youth (14 to 24 years old) who are experiencing homelessness and are seeking resources for shelter can call Safe Zone, 651-224-9644 or go to the Safe Zone Drop In Center at 130 East 7th Street in downtown Saint Paul, located in the Metro Square building.

Project-Based Voucher Opportunities

The PHA has assigned some Housing Choice Vouchers to specific apartments in housing programs that provide supportive services to families, single adults or youth who are experiencing homelessness. The vouchers are called “Project-Based Vouchers”. Each program keeps its own waiting list and when there is a vacancy, they refer the next person or family to the PHA to verify the applicant’s eligibility for Section 8. 

Up to 544 units of existing 4,550 units of tenant-based assistance. This program attaches the rent subsidy to a specific development or certain apartments in a development that has been recently rehabilitated or newly constructed. If the tenant moves (with or without a voucher), the unit continues to be subsidized. The goals of the program include contributing to the upgrading and long-term viability of the city's housing stock; increase the supply of affordable housing; integrate housing and supportive services; and promote the coordination and leveraging of resources.

  • The PHA Board has approved 24 PBV projects that are active, with a total of 467 PBA units.
  • The PHA Board approved 3 other PBV projects with 47 units that did not go forward: HUD denied 2 projects (Breaking Free and Jendayi Place) and 1 project was cancelled (Edgerton Lofts).
  • HUD has approved 22 of the 24 projects, total 449 units; 2 projects with 18 units are pending (PPL West 7th and Renaissance Box).
  • 21 projects with 401 PBV units are currently under contract.
  • Supportive Housing: 15 projects with 201 units are under contract; 1 project with 48 units (Lexington Commons) has HUD approval and is in development; 2 projects with 18 units (PPL West 7th and Renaissance Box) are pending.
  • Click here to view the PBV Propery List.

Mainstream Voucher Program

The PHA has been awarded a special allocation of housing choice vouchers to assist non-elderly adults with disabilities who are:

  • in institutional and segregated settings and want to move to community settings
  • are at risk of becoming institutionalized, or
  • are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

Our waiting list will be open indefinitely for these vouchers and the PHA has partnered with five community organizations to provide referrals. If you are interested in applying for these vouchers please contact one of our partner agencies listed below:

  • Guild Incorporated
  • The Arc Minnesota
  • Phoenix Service Corporation
  • Breaking Free
  • JustUs Health

If you do not wish to work with any of our referring partners above, please contact Tony Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on how to apply to our waiting list.