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Waiting lists now open for rental assistance and public housing in Otter Tail County

The Otter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority administers these programs to help people find affordable rental units.

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People may now apply to be on the waiting lists for Otter Tail County's Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Programs. The county's Housing and Redevelopment Authority, or HRA, administers these programs to help people find affordable rental units.

Families or individuals may apply. Both programs require participants to pay rent based on their income. Participants can sign up for both lists, using a voucher to find a rental unit or living in one of 13 HRA-owned rental homes.

The rental homes are in Pelican Rapids, Underwood, Henning, and New York Mills. Rental properties in the city of Fergus Falls are not part of the county program.

“These programs are so important to provide a stable place to live, especially for children and the elderly who make up 59% of the participants,” said Executive Director for Otter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Barbara Dacy, in a news release. “They can focus on other basic necessities like food, education and healthcare expenses.”

HRA staff will review applications and contact applicants when their names reach the top of the waiting list. Preference will be given to residents who live, work, or go to school in Otter Tail County.

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To find out more and complete an application, go to ottertailcountymn.us/renters/ or call 218-998-8730. Applications will be accepted by email at hra@co.ottertail.mn.us or in person or by regular mail at the Otter Tail County Government Services Center at 500 W. Fir Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 56537. There is also a drop box located in the parking lot.

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