The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, formerly known as Section 8, is a tenant-based rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the OCHRA throughout Olmsted County. The HCV program is available in most areas of the nation. The assistance "follows" the participant. This means it is possible for the participant to move without losing assistance. Households pay a portion of the rent based on their total adjusted housing costs (rent and utilities). Federal standards set the maximum housing costs allowed under the program.
Below is a video explaining what the Housing Choice Voucher program is and how it works.
Wait list process:
The waiting list is currently closed and not accepting applications.
New households are offered assistance when current voucher holders leave the program. Households are contacted based on their position on the waiting list. When your name reaches the top of the waiting list, we will mail a letter to the address in your file. You will have a reasonable time in which to respond but there is a deadline. If we do not receive a response by the deadline, your name will be removed from the list.
Households will be requested to complete an application and provide needed information. It is important to provide all the requested information by the date requested. We will mail a letter informing households that they are either eligible for the program and will be offered a voucher or not eligible for the program and will not be offered a voucher once the application has been reviewed.
If you are currently on the waiting list and need to change your contact information please complete the change form waiting list.
Changes in Household Information:
It is very important for all participants, whether chosen for the waiting list or you are currently receiving services, that any changes in address or family composition be reported to our office in writing. You complete the change form through Assistance Connect or fill out the change form below.
Self Service Portal - Assistance Connect
We offer to current tenants and property owners a secure, online service called Assistance Connect. This is only for individuals currently receiving services from OCHRA. This service allows you to view information about your assistance, contact us directly and update your case file, any-time of the day or night, saving you the time and trouble it takes to contact us on the phone.
Staff Contact Information
If you currently hold a Housing Choice Voucher staff caseloads are broken down by the last name.
Last name starts with A-K= Emily Nicklay Last name starts with L-Z = Tasha Graham
|Cari Kuehn||Program Manageremail@example.com|
|Emily Nicklay||Housing Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Melissa Fohrman||Case Aidemail@example.com|
|Sandra Nelson||Case Aid||507-328-7155|
|Tasha Graham||Housing Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|