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  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Douglas County
    1224 Nokomis St, Alexandria, MN 56308-3712
Service Info
Service:Bridges Rental Assistance Program
Agency: Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Douglas County
Location:1224 Nokomis St, Alexandria, MN, 56308-3712 Map
Phone: (320) 762-3849

Service Description

The Bridges program is designed to be temporary rental assistance to help people with serious mental illness avoid homelessness while they are on a waiting list for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers or other permanent housing subsidy programs. Housing support services are provided to Bridges participants through a local mental health authority.

The Bridges housing subsidy is meant to fill the gap between a person paying a large portion of their income towards a housing cost or having no place to live, and the point when they get their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to help them afford housing. In order to successfully "Bridge" between these housing circumstances, it is important that the individual moves onto a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher when their name comes to the top of the waiting list. Bridges will provide a temporary housing subsidy for participants in which at least one adult member has a serious mental illness and whose household gross income is under 50 percent of the area median income. Bridges for Long Term Homeless Households is a similar program for people with serious mental illness who are also experiencing long-term homelessness.

Funding for the Bridges programs may be used to pay rent directly to a landlord; for security and utility deposits; and for the full rent, for up to 90 days, during medical or psychiatric crisis.

Subsidies are determined by a calculation using gross income. The resident's rent is based on the resident's income.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has funding to assist approximately 9 participants.


Building Accessibility
  • Accessible main entrance (zero step approach)
  • Accessible public restroom
  • Designated disability parking
Type of Client Preferred
  • Mentally ill


For a Bridges subsidy the recipient must be 18 years of age or over, have a diagnosed serious mental illness as defined in the MN Comprehensive Mental Health Act, and have a household income at or below 50 percent of the area median income. Bridges for Long Term Homeless Households must meet the Bridges eligibility, and meet the definition of long-term homelessness.

Since the Bridges program will serve as a transition to a permanent subsidy, many provisions of Bridges/ Bridges for Long Term Homeless Households are similar to those in Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. These include verification of income, leasing procedures, federal housing quality standards, and payments standards limits to cap program rents.

Application Instructions

The Bridges program is administered to participants by the local housing agency in communities where eligible applicants live. Referral to the program is made by a mental health professional.
This program may be full or may have a waiting list.

Required Documents

  • driver's license
  • ID
  • proof of employment
  • proof of household income
  • Social Security card/number
  • unemployment benefits statement

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Thursday; 8:00am - 4:00pm, Friday

Area Served

Douglas and Pope counties (unless otherwise specified)


Telephone types, numbers and hours

Main (320) 762 - 3849
FAX (320) 762 - 3034

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