Section 8 Step-by-Step Guide

The Metro HRA will be accepting online applications for the Housing Choice Waiting List from 8 am Tuesday, February 24 until noon Friday, February 27. The Metro HRA will place 2,000 applicants on the waiting list through a random drawing from all applications received in the 3 day open period. Sections 8 Housing program will be placed in any of the following metro area counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.

Applications will not be available in the HRA office, and fax or email requests will not be accepted. You can use any computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access to apply.

To get started, you will log into You will need to know your family members’ names, date of birth, and social security numbers to complete the application.  A home or cell phone number is required. You do not need an email address to complete the application; however you will need one if you are selected in the lottery. If you do not have an email address and would like to set one up, go to the other phone type tap, select email, and a free email account will pop up. If you select this, it will take you to gmail to set up a free email.

In the next section, you will need to enter your address information. You will enter the address of where you are currently living, as well as a space to enter an address where you currently receive mail if it is different from legal address.

You will also need to enter information for all household members that will live with you if you receive assistance.  The next area for completion is family income and assets. You will select the family member that has the income, enter in the amount, how often they receive the amount, and the computer will calculate it for you. Do the best you can as we will verify all this information when you are selected from the waiting list.

The next area is supplemental and optional contact information. Here the site will ask if you live, work, or go to school full time in the 7-county metro area. If you do, you will select yes. If you don’t, you will select no. You will also have the option to select ‘add contact’. This is if you would like the Metro HRA to contact someone in addition to yourself in regards to your housing assistance. If you do not want to have Metro HRA contact an additional person regarding your application status, check the box.

The last area to complete the certification: You will need to enter the head of household’s social security number, date of birth, and the email if one was provided. You are then going to hit the submit button. By hitting submit, you are certifying that the information you provided is true and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief. If you clicked submit and there are any errors or information that was not completed, you will be prompted to go back and complete the part of the application.

Once the application is accepted, an application receipt will pop up on your screen. You will want to keep this for your records as you need the application ID to check your status on the waiting list. You will have the option to hit print. It is very important that you keep the application ID and follow the instructions on the application receipt. This information will be needed to check your status on the waiting list.

If you need additional help, feel free to contact the Metro HRA at 651-602-1428.  For more information and to watch a Youtube video, visit

So long as you apply before noon on February 27, it does not matter when you submit your application. A phone number is required to submit the application. Applications must be completed online at

Applicants will be placed on a waiting list through a random drawing from all applications received in the 3 day open period.

Again, applications will only be accepted for THREE days. Online applications will be available from 8:00am on Tuesday, February 24 until 12:00 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015.  All applications are due by 12:00pm on Friday, February 27. Applications must be completed online at

Thank you and have a great day.