Housing Assistance Payments (HAP)

Housing Assistance Payments are mailed to the landlords on the last day of the month (i.e. February HAP is mailed on January 31st). If the last day falls on a weekend or holiday, they will be mailed the next business day.

Tenants are responsible for paying their portion directly to the landlord.

Please become familiar with the HAP Contract*. HRA staff will prepare this document and will obtain signatures when appropriate.

Housing Quality Standards (HQS)

All units are inspected by HRA staff at the time the tenant moves in and then annually thereafter. The units must meet Housing Quality Standards. Please review HUD's copy of A Good Place to Live!*; as a reference point for HQS.

You may also review Housing Quality Standards Info Sheet* regarding frequently asked questions from HUD.

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Sample Lease Agreement

To view a sample lease agreement that has been created by the Minnesota Bar Association, click here to be directed to the web page. It is downloadable and free of charge.

Payment Standards and Rent Reasonableness

To determine what the current rates established by HUD are based on bedroom size, and for an explanation of what rent reasonableness is, please see Payment Standards and Rent Reasonableness.

Listing of Available Rental Units

If you have information regarding an upcoming vacancy in one of your rental properties, you may send that information to our office to be posted for potential tenants to view. Please send the pertinent information regarding the unit (unit size, location, rent amount, and availability date) by email to brenda@itascacountyhra.org or by fax to 218-326-8031.

Fair Housing Laws

For information regarding Fair Housing Laws, please visit HUD.gov or click here.

To watch a short clip regarding what Fair Housing violations may look like, click here.

Public Housing