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Subidized Housing Programs

Subsidized housing is a rental assistance program. Income eligible tenants pay a percentage of their income towards housing costs and HUD subsidizes the balance. Information and applications for subsidized housing can be obtained through the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, (HRA), or through privately owned apartment management companies.

There are four major programs that make affordable housing available to qualified people:

  1. Section 8 Vouchers: Government issued rent vouchers that the renter then uses in the private market.
  2. Public Housing: Government owned housing facilities in which the rent is based on income.
  3. Project Based Section 8: Privately owned facilities in which the rent is based on income and the housing subsidy is connected to that specific building or facility.
  4. Section 42 Tax Credit: Privately owned facilities in which the rent is based on income, that use tax incentives to keep the rent amount low.

HRA Section 8 Rental Assistance
Creates affordable housing opportunities and strengthens neighborhoods to sustainably achieve a quality living environment for all.
222 E. Second Street
P.O. Box 16900
Duluth, MN 55816
Phone: 218-529-6300
Contact the HRA office listed above for information regarding Section 8 housing, or for an application. You may also use the link below to access the HRA's webpage.
Bridges Rental Assistance Program
Helps people with serious mental illness avoid homelessness by providing them with temporary rental assistance in their community.
222 E 2nd Street
Duluth, MN, 55805-1807
Phone: (218) 529-6319

FSS: Family Self-Sufficiency Program
A program developed by HUD, (The Department of Housing and Urban Development), to help Section 8 and Public Housing families achieve economic self-sufficiency.
222 E 2nd Street
Duluth, MN, 55805-1807
Phone: (218)-529-6300
High Rise Housing
For seniors, individuals with special needs and others, High-Rise Public Housing provides an affordable alternative to high-priced specialized living facilities while still offering high quality care and assistance.
222 East Second Street
Duluth, MN 55816-0900
Phone: (218)-529-6300

Hope VI Program

The Hope VI Program was made possible by a $20 million HUD HOPE VI grant awarded to the Duluth HRA in 2003 for investment in the Harbor View neighborhood. This award also spurred a significant amount of housing development in Duluth since that time. The construction of these three mixed-income rental developments, Harbor Highlands, Village Place, and the Village at Matterhorn, is a part of that development. These properties offer rentals priced at market rates, below-market rates, and income-based public housing rental rates.

To learn more about the Hope VI Program, please use the link below to access the Duluth HRA's Hope VI Program webpage:

Hope VI Program

If you would like more information about a specific property, or if you would like to fill out an application, please use the links and information below:

29 West 11th Street
Duluth, MN 55806
Phone: (218) 464-4110
This property is managed by the HRA’s Harbor Highlands management office. For more information, or to begin the application process, please contact them at the number listed above.
602 East 5th Street
Duluth, MN 55805
Phone: (218) 491-3785
For more information, or to begin the application process, please contact the Duluth office of D.W. Jones Management, Inc at the number listed below.
Phone: 218-728-1204
4736-4746 Matterhorn Circle
Duluth MN 55811
Phone: (218) 491-3785
For more information, or to begin the application process, please contact the Duluth office of D.W. Jones Management, Inc at the number listed below.
Phone: 218-728-1204

Assistance With Rent, Utilities, and Deposits

The following organizations can provide assistance with home heating and electricity costs, emergency needs including eviction and utility shutoffs, rental deposits, 1st month's rent, and ongoing rent payments.

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency Energy Assistance
Financial assistance for home heating and electricity costs for low-income households.
12 East 4th Street; Lower Level
Duluth, MN 55805
Phone: (218) 623-3011
Toll Free: 1-800-662-5711 ex3011
Fax: (612) 465-5869
St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Short-term rent and utility subsidies; security deposits or first month's rent; mediation programs for landlord-tenant disputes; legal services programs; payments to prevent foreclosure on a home; and other innovative programs and activities designed to prevent the incidence of homelessness.
Government Services Center
320 West 2nd Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2222
Toll Free: 800-450-9777
Fax: (218) 726-2163
Salvation Army
Administers a variety of programs that can assist with rental deposits, 1st month’s rent, ongoing rent payments, and utilities.
215 South 27th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55806
Phone: (218) 722-7934
Once you've opened the Basic Needs page, you may choose Rent Assistance or Utility Assistance from the list of services.

Compiled by Access North Center for Independent Living of Northeast MN

Information provided is NOT an endorsement of any of the properties listed.
Last updated 4.20.2018