The following actions are being taken for the protection and safety of participants, landlords, and staff working with the Section 8/HCV and Bridges programs. Effective March 26, 2020:
- Our office will maintain regular office hours with limited staff Monday-Friday 8:30 – 3:30.
- The Section 8/HCV Coordinator will be working remotely Monday-Tuesday, maintaining office hours Wednesday-Friday.
- Staff members are discouraged from meeting face to face with clients and others and are encouraged to correspond using alternative methods:
- By phone at 218-879-3353
- By fax at 218-879-1437
- By email at email@example.com
- Current Section 8 Voucher and Bridges Certificate holders should still search for eligible housing while following public health guidelines (i.e. housing listing, online, newspapers, etc.)
- Briefing meetings will be held over the phone by appointment.
- Annual recertifications for current participants will be completed by mail
- HQS inspections will be completed for new move-ins and critical situations, but may be rescheduled for recertifications.
This information may change based on guidance from state and local public health officials. Significant policy and procedural changes for our housing authority will be posted as needed.
What is the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is the federal government’s major program for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
Families or individual participants are able to find their own housing including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
A family or individual that is issued a housing choice voucher (Section 8) is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program requirements.
Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Cloquet Housing and Redevelopment Authority (CHRA).
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the CHRA on behalf of the family or individual. The family pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount paid by the CHRA.