Housing & Redevelopment Authority

The waiting list for the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental assistance for low-income individuals and families, is being reopened in Steele County through the Owatonna HRA effective August 5, 2015 for applicants with the Residency Preference.


The Owatonna HRA is now accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program to eligible families with the residency preference only. Families wishing to apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program are required to complete the housing application (PDF) and submit proof of residency.

The housing office will request documentation of the residency preference at the time application is received. 

Service Area

The resident of service area is described as the following:

  • A family whose head or spouse is living in, working in, or active participant in an education and/or training program in Steele County.

Proof of Residency

Acceptable proof of residency includes:

  • Current lease, and/or bill from phone, utility company, credit card, etc.
  • Paystub or offer from a company located in Steele County.

Income Limits

A Household may be eligible for a Voucher if their income is below the limits. The income limits are set by HUD on an annual basis. They are set at 50% of the median family income for the geographical area.

Income Limits Table

Family SizeAnnual Income
1 Person$33,600
2 Person$38,400
3 Person$43,200
4 Person$48,000
5 Person$51,850
6 Person$55,700
7 Person$59,550
8 Person$63,400

Payment Standards

Effective 01/01/2024

The chart below shows maximum monthly assistance payment for a family assisted in the voucher program based on bedroom size.

Number of BedroomsPayment Standard
Efficiency $888
1 Bedroom$895
2 Bedroom$1,167
3 Bedroom$1,644
4 Bedroom$1,981
5 Bedroom$2,278

Eligible applicants may pick up an application and program brochure at the Owatonna HRA office between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.