Call Us: 218.631.7723

Section 8 Housing Application
& Qualifications

The Process Overview

  1. Fill out an application, return to Wadena HRA office, at that time your name will be put on the waiting list.
  2. When your name comes to the top of the waiting list, you will be notified by mail from Wadena HRA.
  3. Once you have received the letter, it is your responsibility to contact the Wadena HRA  to update your information, you will be required to pick up a Briefing Packet at the Wadena HRA office. The packet includes all the required forms. Once you have the packet you then will watch the Section 8 Briefing Session that explains the forms and how the Section 8 Voucher Program works. Return the completed forms and required documents to the Wadena HRA office by the requested date.
  4. If eligible and when funds are available, a voucher will be issued, which gives you the go ahead to find a place to live.
  5. When you have a place to live and the owner agrees to rent under the program, Wadena HRA will conduct an HQS inspection of the unit. If unit passes, we will place you on the program.

Income Guidelines

Due to varying criteria for income guidelines, please contact us at 218-631-7723 if you have questions.
Or visit the HUD website for more information.

Payment Standards

Unit Size  Amount*
0 Bedroom  $616
1 Bedroom  $789
 2 Bedroom  $921
 3 Bedroom  $1121
 4 Bedroom  $1236
 5 Bedroom  $1541


  • Income Based
  • Must pass the following screenings:
    • Citizenship
    • Criminal Background
    • Debts Owed to any Public Housing Authority

How your rent is determined:

Household Income (anyone 18 and over)

  • Employment
  • County Assistance (Cash assistance only)
  • Social Security and/or SSI
  • Income from assists
  • Any other income

Deductions may include:

  • Medical Dependent allowance
  • Elderly allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Care of Dependents

Tenant’s portion of rent will be 30% but not to exceed 40% of Adjusted Annual Income

Other information

  • Tenant is responsible for Security Deposit
  • Tenant can either stay where they are currently living or find a more suitable place to live

Application & Brochure

Download the Pre-Application, fill out online, print, sign and return to:

Wadena HRA
222 Second St. SE
Wadena, MN 56482



If you think someone is committing fraud under the Section 8 program, please report this to the Wadena Housing & Redevelopment Authority.


HUD – U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development

Fair Housing Booklet

Attorney General – 800-657-3787
Home Line – 866-866-3546

Legal Aid

  • Alexandria, MN for Families – 320- 762-0663
  • Cloud, MN for Seniors – 888-360-2889


Landlord Listing
Good Place to Live Brochure – HUD’s minimum requirements when inspecting a unit
Lead Based Paint– EPA Brochure
Housing Discrimination Brochure

Section 8 Menu