Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)
5,163 vouchers as of January 1, 2022

  • Maintain high performer status under HUD’s Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP), including maintaining SEMAP 98.5% budget/unit utilization.
  • Apply for additional vouchers as opportunities arise.
  • Offer additional PBV through Minnesota Housing’s Consolidated Request for Proposals (Super RFP) according to PHA  policy.
  • Continue advancing the PHA’s mission with leadership positions or collaborations with Heading Home Ramsey   Continuum of Care, the City of St. Paul, and other external stakeholders.   
  • Maximize client housing choice by continuing to recruit and retain property owners and managers as partners.
  • Continue to advocate for program reform and for the PHA’s fair share of voucher funding.

Rental Assistance Demonstration Project-Based Rental Assistance (RAD-PBRA)

Rental Assistance Demonstration Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)
3,836 PHA-owned units

  • Continue successful transitions to HUD’s Multifamily regulatory environment for these PHA-owned units, including new administrative obligations such as issuing the first Choice Mobility vouchers.
  • Continue providing PBRA training and informational sessions for staff and PHA Commissioners.
  • Obtain a score of satisfactory or better on HUD’s Management and Occupancy Review (MOR).
  • Promote interdepartmental efforts to maximize unit occupancy rates, including prompt and thorough applicant screening and the ongoing promotion of successful tenancies.
  • Ensure that PHA-owned properties continue to be managed to the highest standards, including thorough and uniform applicant eligibility determinations, fair lease enforcement, regular preventative maintenance, prompt responses to maintenance work orders, timely turnover of vacant units, and timely and accurate reporting of financial data, especially the monthly Multifamily voucher submissions.
  • Responsibly manage project reserves and cash flow to ensure sufficient funds are in place for needed capital improvements.
  • Continue to actively involve residents, staff and community partners in planning capital improvements.
  • Pursue outside (non-HUD) funding opportunities including but not limited to Minnesota Housing, FHLBDM, the City of St. Paul, and Ramsey County to complete necessary capital improvements.
  • Continue to advocate for program reform and for the PHA’s fair share of PBRA funding.

Scattered Sites

Scattered Sites
Low Income Public Housing (LIPH); 418 PHA-owned units

  • Maintain high scores under HUD’s Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS).  Successfully manage, maintain, and improve the PHA’s remaining Public Housing inventory.  Effectively obligate and expend HUD’s Capital Fund Program (CFP) grants.
  • Promote interdepartmental efforts to maximize unit occupancy rates, including prompt and thorough applicant screening and the ongoing promotion of successful tenancies.
  • Ensure that PHA-owned properties continue to be managed to the highest standards, including thorough and uniform applicant eligibility determinations, fair lease enforcement, regular preventative maintenance, prompt responses to maintenance work orders, timely turnover of vacant units, and timely and accurate reporting of financial data.
  • Continue to actively involve residents, staff and community partners in planning capital improvements.
  • Pursue outside (non-HUD) funding opportunities including but not limited to Minnesota Housing, FHLBDM, the City of St. Paul, and Ramsey County to complete necessary capital improvements.
  • Continue operating these units as LIPH in the near term given their healthy financial position.  Study asset repositioning (i.e., TPV, PBV, Section 18, Section 32 homeownership, etc.) as a longer term goal.
  • Continue to advocate for program reform and for the PHA’s fair share of LIPH funding.

Finance

Finance

Provide the Board all opportunities for governance of PHA finances and assets.  Continue fiscally conservative budgeting, planning and evaluation of all programs and services.  Strive for zero audit findings.  Maintain fiscal discipline and meet fiduciary obligations in regular operations (i.e., managing cash flow, making prudent capital expenditures, realizing full PBRA contract rental income by making prompt and accurate voucher submissions, etc.).  Overcome unforeseen financial challenges including COVID-19 related delinquent rent, the special funding challenges facing CHSP, and others.