Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)

Available to current Housing Choice Voucher holders, this is a HUD-funded program and the goals of the program are to help households increase income, reduce the need for public assistance, and connect participants with community resources to help them reach goals such as obtaining reliable transportation, relieving personal debt, or funding a down payment on a home.
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After you receive a voucher from the Housing Authority (click to see the map) you will select a unit and you will pay a minimum of 30% of your household’s adjusted gross income towards the rent, and the Housing Authority will pay a portion directly to the property owner. If you decide to move, the voucher moves with you.
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At every stage of life, where we live is the foundation for our health, education, and economic wellbeing so the CDA is proud to assist some of our most vulnerable populations through rental assistance vouchers that are designated for special populations.
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Landlord Information

Without participating landlords, we couldn’t offer rental assistance programs in Scott County, impacting the ability of over 500 household’s to afford their home. With the current low vacancy rates and high demand for rental units, our landlord partners hold the keys to maintaining and increasing affordable housing options in Scott County.
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Homeownership Voucher (HOV)

The Scott County CDA has an opening in our Homeownership Voucher Program. The Homeownership Voucher Program is similar to the Section 8 Program, but instead of monthly assistance going to assist with rent payments, your monthly assistance is sent to your mortgage company to pay your mortgage payments.  The Homeownership Voucher Program is time-limited and will provide mortgage assistance for a maximum of 15-years and when it ends, you will remain the homeowner! You must be a current Scott County CDA Section 8 participant and meet all other eligibility criteria.

To find out if you are eligible to apply:

  1. Download the Eligibility Criteria and Application Process Guide

To apply:

  1. Download and print Application
  2. Request an application by email at or at 952-402-9022.

*If you have questions regarding the program or the application, you must contact:

Amal, Housing Specialist at


Waiting Lists

We’re always working to bring more homes to more people. Currently, however, our Section 8 waiting lists are closed yet we have availability at some of our project based communities. To view waiting lists, click here.

If you are already on the list and want to check your placement status, please go to If you need to report an address change, please complete the waiting list change form by clicking here. Please return the form either by fax or mail.

Mailing address:
Scott County CDA
323 Naumkeag St
Shakopee, MN 55379

Fax: 952-496-2852

To learn more about other affordable housing options, please visit HousingLink by clicking here.

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. 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.

Known as HCV or Section 8, this is a is a federally funded, rental subsidy program that assists its participants with their monthly rental payments. Participants locate a rental unit in the private marketplace and pay a minimum of 30% of their income towards the 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 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.

You can read more about Fair Housing Resources here.

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 am 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.

HousingLink is a local organization with additional resources and information about subsidized housing that may be available for you. Please visit their website by clicking here.

Portability information

Moving with a Voucher

Are you planning to move to a new rental unit within Scott County or outside of Scott County? The Housing Choice Voucher program allows you to take your voucher with you to a new unit. Click below for more information.

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