Family Waitlist (2, 4, and 5-bedroom units)


MPHA currently accepts applications for two, four, and five-bedroom public housing units.
The online waitlist application opens on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CST).


This waitlist is for eligible families with two or more members.
MPHA has separate waitlists for seniors (62+), disabled, and near-elderly (50-61).


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Reasonable Accommodation/LEP: Applicants with a qualified disability who need assistance in completing the waitlist application or applicants needing free language assistance may click here for assistance or may notify MPHA by U.S. mail: MPHA, Manager of Leasing, 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN. Hearing impaired individuals needing accommodation may call TDD/TTY Minnesota Relay at 1-800-627-3529.



Online Application: You must submit your application online during the scheduled opening. MPHA will not accept paper applications. Applicants must complete the Waitlist Application online by visiting An applicant must use a device with Internet access (mobile phones are not recommended).

Information You Will Need: The online application form is in English. To complete the waitlist application you will need the name, date of birth, social security number, and income of each family member.

Eligibility for Waitlist: The family must have at least two members. One family member must qualify as a Head of Household and one member must be a Dependent. (A Dependent is a person who is less than 18 years of age, a Disabled Person, or a full-time student; it does not include the Head of Household or a foster child.) Eligibility for all of MPHA’s public housing requires family annual income at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income (in 2017, $54,400 for a family of two; $61,200 for a family of three).

Placement on Waitlist: It does not matter what time you apply during the opening period. Positions on the waitlist are first ordered by preference points, and then assigned randomly. Applicants may call MPHA’s automated phone number at 612-342-1553 fifteen days after submission to check their status on the waitlist.   Applicants who apply on subsequent Ongoing Opening dates will be placed below those who have applied earlier, then ordered by preference points.

Notification and Eligibility for Housing: Placement on the waitlist does not guarantee that you will meet the selection criteria necessary to qualify for public housing. MPHA will notify applicants when their name nears the top of the waitlist and MPHA is ready to begin the screening process. Families who meet the screening criteria, after verification of their preference points, will be offered units when a unit becomes available (and according to their place on the waitlist).

Suburban Opportunities: Qualified applicants may have the choice to rent a unit in a suburban location. MPHA partners with privately-owned, mixed-finance developments that include family public housing units developed under the Metropolitan Housing Opportunities Program (MHOP).  These units are in the following communities: Chaska, Columbia Heights, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Mounds View, New Hope, Plymouth, St. Francis and Watertown.

Non-Discrimination: MPHA will not discriminate against any applicant or tenant because of race, color creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, familial status, sex, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, marital status, disability, age, political or other affiliation. MPHA has adopted a Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.

Maintaining Status on Waitlist: If you have a change of address, phone number, income, or family size, you must notify MPHA in writing within 10 business days of the change. MPHA will not take changes by phone. Each written change must include your social security number. If MPHA tries to contact you and you do not respond, or if a letter mailed to you is returned to MPHA undelivered, MPHA will remove your name from the waitlist. After your name is removed, you have a one-year period to reinstate your application by providing current information. You can get the Applicant Update Form from MPHA’s main office or the MPHA website:


Mail changes to: MPHA Leasing Department, 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Please also note…

MPHA’s Three-Bedroom Waitlist has closed as of May 17, 2017. This list has reached capacity.

Until further notice, MPHA will continue to accept hard copy applications for Elderly (age 62 & and older), Near Elderly (age 50-61), and disabled adults in a one or two-person family for one-bedroom and studio highrise units on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1001 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN.

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