• Approximately 4,550 units of subsidy, including various types described below.
  • $42 million annual operating budget (FY 2020), including rent payments to property owners (landlords) and PHA costs for administering the program (inspections, verifying participant's eligibility, calculating rents and subsidy amounts, etc. 
  • Participants pay minimum of 30% of their income for rent and utilities.
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Special Allocations

Mainstream Program for Persons with Disabilities/ Disability Vouchers

117 units of subsidy: This program is designed to provide housing assistance to very low income families with adults with disabilities.

50 units of subsidy: This program is designed to provide housing assistance to very low income families with a non-elderly adult with disabilities.  The PHA receives referrals from five pre-qualified partners for these vouchers.

Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

6 units: This program provides funding through the PHA to The Salvation Army to subsidize 6 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) apartments at Booth Brown House Foyer, 1471 Como Ave, for youth who have experienced homelessness.  The Salvation Army refer potentially eligible applicants to the PHA for these units.

Project-Based Voucher Program

The PHA currently subsidizes 516 rental units in 24 projects with project-based vouchers (PBVs).  This program attaches the rent subsidy to a specific development or certain apartments in a larger development.  If the tenant moves (with or without a voucher), the unit continues to be subsidized. The goals of the program include contributing to the upgrading and long-term viability of the city's housing stock; increasing the supply of affordable housing; integrating housing and supportive services; and promoting the coordination and leveraging of resources.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH)

231 vouchers: This program provides rental assistance for homeless veterans who receive case management and clinical services provided from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VA staff refer potentially eligible veterans to the PHA. 

A limited number of VASH Vouchers are still available to help homeless veterans in St. Paul. Contact the PHA (telephone: 651-298-5158) for general information. For more specifics, contact the VA's Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) at (612) 313-3240.

Family Unification Program (FUP)

100 vouchers: This program promotes family unification by providing Housing Choice Vouchers to “families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the separation, or the threat of imminent separation, of children from their families".  Some of the vouchers can be issued to youths 18 to 24 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and "lack adequate housing", which includes youth experiencing homelessness.  Ramsey County Community Human Services and Ramsey County's coordinated entry system refer potentially eligible clients to the PHA.