Rental Assistance Program
The Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 is called a tenant-based program because the rental subsidy moves with the client.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a type of assistance provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which provides subsidized housing programs for low-income families and individuals. The Housing Choice Voucher program is more commonly known as Section 8, in reference to the portion of the U.S. Housing Act in which the program is authorized. Although this program is funded by the federal government, it is administered by local housing authorities (such as the Scott County CDA). Upon receiving a voucher, qualifying renters can use it to pay for a portion of their rent to landlords that will accept Section 8 Vouchers and have reasonable rent for the area.
The Scott County CDA provides programs for people with disabilities by partnering with social services agencies. These programs provide both housing assistance and support services with the goal of allowing participants to live independently. These include programs such as Bridges, Housing Trust Fund, and the Family Unification Program. Participants are referred to the Scott County CDA by social service agencies.
The Scott County CDA Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Waiting List is NOT OPEN at this time.
How do I get a Section 8 voucher?
The process begins by applying at a housing authority (such as the Scott County CDA) when the waiting list for the program is open. Unfortunately, waiting lists open infrequently because each housing authority has a limited amount of vouchers to administer. It is a good idea to sign up for automatic e-mail alerts from Housinglink.org so you get notification when a waiting list opens.
How long will it take?
After you have applied when the waiting list is open, it may take years for your name to come to the top of the list. Always make sure that the Scott County CDA has your current address as you may get notifications from time to time in the mail, and if the post office cannot deliver your mail, you could be removed from the waiting list.
How can I find out where I am on the Scott County CDA waiting list?
You can call the automated WAITING LIST LINE for the Scott County CDA, 1-888-302-1869. Please be prepared to enter the SSN and birth date of the head of household. This automated system will provide you with the number of your position on the waiting list, but please know that it will not provide a timeframe for coming to the top of the list. Because waiting time is determined by eligibility for local admission preferences, when current households move out, and other factors, it is not possible for CDA Staff to determine when a voucher will be available for you.
How do I let you know my address changed?
In writing. Please print neatly your name and tenant ID if you know it, your old address, your new address, and a phone number where you can be reached if there are questions about your address. Then you can drop it off, mail it, or fax it to the Scott County CDA.
Mail to: 323 South Naumkeag Street, Shakopee, MN, 55379
Directions to the Scott County CDA
What if I'm homeless or going to be homeless soon?
The Scott County CDA does not offer emergency housing. Since the Scott County CDA's programs operate off a waiting list which may be lengthy, you should contact your county human services department or CAP agency so that they can help you determine what your options are. In Scott County, the phone numbers are:
- CAP Agency - 952-445-2125
- Scott County Human Services - 952-445-7751
- The CDA does not have emergency housing.
- You must be a US Citizen, or a non-citizen with eligible immigration status to apply for open waiting lists.
- If you need a special accommodation because of a disability, please contact the CDA at 952.402.9022 x225 or email the RA Coordinator.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) - Notification to Public on Scott County CDA's Policy
Renter 101 Online Course
- How to manage money resources wisely to pay rent on time every month.
- How to choose adequate, safe and affordable housing.
- How to communicate effectively.
- How to maintain a home.
- How to navigate the rental process — screening, lease agreements, security deposits and moving out.