Housing and Homelessness

For those who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are unable to afford their current housing, Scott and Carver County -- along with local nonprofits -- provide the following types of assistance with housing.  

Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program

This program can assist households on the verge of homelessness with limited financial assistance for rent/mortgage. This housing fund can also be used for households that can afford rent, but need help with paying a security deposit or their first month's rent.  If the CAP Agency is out of funds, a small amount of funds are available through Emergency Assistance with Scott County.
FHPAP funds are limited and households must be screened through the CAP Agency.

Housing Subsidies

Housing subsidies are accessed through several sources.  The first is the Scott County CDA, which oversees Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8), Special Voucher Programs, Public Housing, and First Time Homeowner programs. Applications must be submitted directly to the Scott County CDA.  Wait lists for Section 8 and public housing are often closed due to high demand and low turnover.  Please click here for the current status of these wait lists.

There are several project-based subsidized housing opportunities available across Scott County. These properties offer a rental range that varies dependent upon the type of the subsidy that they offer, and the populations that they serve. Some of these properties offer rental ranges that are calculated by the amount of income that you receive, while others receive tax credits to offer a rental rate that is lower than the typical rental amount in the surrounding area.

The final types of housing subsidies are distributed through our regional Coordinated Entry System.  If you are a family or single adult experiencing or at risk of homelessness please contact the CAP Agency to see if you are eligible for a Coordinated Entry Assessment.

If you are 24 or younger, please contact Launch Ministry, who screens for Coordinated Entry for youth (18-23), but please note that they also work with young adults up to age 29 around other issues.

Please find a list of properties that offer subsidized rental opportunities in Scott County here. Please note that you'll need to contact each property separately to learn more about whether they're currently accepting applications, and their rental criteria.

Shelter Options

Families in need of emergency shelter should contact Families Moving Forward to assess whether there are available shelter openings.

If you are currently fleeing domestic violence or preparing to leave an abusive situation, Day One Services and Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women may be available to help with resources including emergency shelter options.

Unaccompanied youth (under the age of 21) can access available shelter options across the metro area by visiting the Youth Services Network.