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  • Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
    7645 Currell Blvd, Woodbury, MN 55125-2256
Service Info
Service:Bridges Rental Assistance Program
Agency:Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Location:7645 Currell Blvd, Woodbury, MN, 55125-2256 Map
Phone: (651) 458-0936

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.

Bridges Rental Assistance and Bridges Ending Long Term Homeless Initiative Fund, known as Bridges Long Term Homeless (BLTH) are state funded programs that provide temporary rent assistance. Eligible applicants must also be able to transition to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Section 8 program when a voucher becomes available. Bridges and BLTH are meant to be temporary rental assistance until the participant is able to transition to the federally funded HCV program. The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has funding to assist approximately 19 Bridges participants and 10 long-term homeless Bridges participants.

Applicants to the Bridges or BLTH programs must be households whose gross income is at or below 50% of the area median income and have at least one adult member has a serious mental illness. The BLTH program also requires that the household meet the definition of long term homelessness.
Bridges or BLTH funding may be used to pay a portion of the rent, security and utility deposits or the full rent for up to 90 days during a medical or psychiatric crisis.
Participants will pay between 30 - 40% of their gross income towards the rent.
Since Bridges and BLTH are transitions to the HCV program, many of the requirements of both programs are similar to the HCV program. These requirements include, but are not limited to verification of income, federal housing quality standards and the use of payment standards in the rental assistance equation.


Building Accessibility
  • Accessible main entrance (zero step approach)
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.

Business Hours

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

Area Served

Washington County




Telephone types, numbers and hours

Main (651) 458 - 0936
General Information (651) 458 - 09368:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
FAX (651) 458 - 1696

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