Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)

Housing Assistance (formerly called Shelter Needy)

Program info

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) Housing Assistance helps people with disabilities who pay more than 40 percent of their income toward housing costs so that they have a choice about where they live.


To qualify, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)
  • Be under age 65
  • Have total housing costs that are more than 40 percent of your total income
  • Apply for rental assistance, if eligible.
  • You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be moving to the community from an institution or an intensive residential mental health treatment program
  • Be eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) personal care assistance (PCA) services and be able to hire, fire, supervise and manage the PCA (or have a parent or legal guardian with authority to do so)
  • Be living in your own home or apartment and getting services through a home and community-based waiver.
  • Benefits

    The monthly benefit is $200 for 2014. It will be added to your monthly MSA award. The amount can change every year.

    The money can be used to help pay for things like:

  • Rent
  • Mortgage and interest payments, insurance for your home and property taxes
  • Manufactured home lot rental
  • Utilities like heat, air conditioning, electricity, water, sewer, garbage and phone.
  • Apply

    If you do not already get MSA, you can apply:

  • Online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov
  • On paper using the Combined Application Form (DHS-5223) (PDF). Mail or bring the completed form to your local county human services agency.
  • If you already get MSA, ask your county worker to see if you qualify for housing assistance.

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