MSA Housing Assistance
updated April 21, 2017

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) Housing Assistance is a benefit that helps people with disabilities afford their housing. It gives an additional $194 per month to people on MSA who spend more than 40% of their income on housing. It helps people who are waiting for or can’t get housing assistance from another program.

If you are on MSA, you should ask your county worker if you qualify for MSA Housing Assistance. There are many people on MSA who would qualify for MSA Housing Assistance if they applied.

Who Can Get It

You can only get MSA Housing Assistance if you qualify for MSA. To qualify for MSA, you must both:

See Disability Benefits 101 for more details about MSA eligibility.

In addition to qualifying for MSA, to get MSA Housing Assistance, you must:

  • Spend more than 40% of your income on your housing expenses
    • Housing expenses may include things like mortgage payments, rent, utilities (heat, gas, water, garbage, electricity, etc.), and property taxes.
  • Show that you have applied for another form of rental assistance, such as the Section 8 housing choice voucher (HCV) program. You do not have to show this if:
    • You own your own home or do not qualify for rental assistance, or
    • The waiting list for rental assistance in your area is closed. (Let your county worker know you will apply if the waiting list opens.)
  • Be less than 65 years old when you apply, and
  • Be in one of these situations:

Tip: Due to the way MSA’s rules work, some people who apply for MSA only qualify if they also apply for MSA Housing Assistance. If you get SSI benefits and your application for MSA is denied, try applying for MSA again while applying for MSA Housing Assistance at the same time.

If you get another housing benefit, you probably don’t qualify for MSA Housing Assistance

You have to be spending more than 40% of your income for your housing to get MSA Housing Assistance. Many other programs, like Section 8, are designed to make sure you spend 40% or less of your income on housing. That means that if you get benefits from those programs, you probably don’t qualify for MSA housing assistance.

Housing Settings Where MSA May Help

MSA Housing Assistance can help you if you live in the community and not in an institution, such as a nursing home, and are paying more than 40% of your income on housing. Most people who get MSA Housing Assistance either live in their own homes or are renting a room or an apartment.

Application

You can apply for MSA and MSA Housing Assistance online using ApplyMN. You can also fill out the Combined Application Form and turn it in to your county human services agency.

When you apply, you should mention MSA Housing Assistance on your application. On ApplyMN, there is a place for you to add notes. If you use the Combined Application Form, you can mention it in a blank place on the form.

Get Help

To learn more about MSA Housing Assistance, contact:

Read more about MSA eligibility on Disability Benefits 101 or on the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website.