Frequently Asked Questions

The rent assistance that is received from the Housing Choice Voucher Program is called a “Voucher.” Vouchers stay with the tenant and not with the housing unit, meaning that this allows households to choose a rental unit from the private rental market as long as the property owner is willing to accept the rental assistance.

Click here to visit the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website to learn more about income limits.

Program participants pay a minimum of 30% of their monthly adjusted income toward rent.

The process begins by applying at a housing authority (such as the Scott County CDA) when the waiting list for the program is open. Unfortunately, waiting lists open infrequently because each housing authority has a limited amount of vouchers to administer. It is a good idea to sign up for automatic e-mail alerts from Housinglink.org so you get a notification when a waiting list opens. Also, visit our waiting list resource page here for more information about Scott County CDA rental assistance programs.

The rent assistance provided is the difference between the participants 30% rent portion and the contract rent from the property owner.

If your household changes, you are required to report this in writing within 10 days to the CDA. Please complete the Household Change Form and mail or fax it to us.

Scott County CDA
323 Naumkeag St.
Shakopee, MN 55379

Fax:
952-496-2852

If your household changes, you are required to report this in writing within 10 days to the CDA. Please complete the Household Change Form and mail or fax it to us.

Scott County CDA
323 Naumkeag St.
Shakopee, MN 55379

Fax:
952-496-2852

Your voucher size equals the number of bedrooms your household qualifies for and it is based on your household size and/or approved accommodations. The CDA will determine this at your initial and/or annual recertification.

If you want to move you must give a two month (60-days) notice in writing.

Yes, all units must pass an initial and annual inspection based on the federally established Housing Quality Standards. 

Here are two helpful links, one for the Inspection Checklist from HUD and the Inspection Information Form.

Please contact the CDA office at (952) 402-9022 to find out who your caseworker is. Our hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 pm and in the summer months our Friday hours are 8:00 am to 11:45 am.

You can read more about Fair Housing Resources here.

A reasonable accommodation is a change in rules, policies, practices, or services. The change is necessary to afford a person with a disability equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.

If you or a household member have a disability that is impacting your housing situation, please contact your housing specialist for further guidance. Our phone number is (952) 402-9022 and our hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm and in the summer months our Friday hours are 8:00 am to 11:45 am.

We do not offer emergency housing but there are resources that we recommend. Since the CDA’s programs operate off a waiting list which may be lengthy, you should contact other resources for assistance below:

Please call 911 if you have immediate concerns over your safety. If domestic violence is impacting your current housing situation, click here to learn about your rights, and call your Housing Specialist for further guidance at (952) 402-9022. Our hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 pm and in the summer months our Friday hours are 8:00 am to 11:45 am

Southern Valley Alliance is a local organization with resources and information, and we invite you to visit their website here.