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Moorhead Public Housing Agency Application Process

After filling out an application with all the information needed, including copies of original Social Security cards for ALL household members AND picture IDs for all household members over age 18, you will be sent a letter when your name reaches the top of the list in the housing size needed. If you should move before a letter is sent, let this office know the change of address. Make sure ALL areas of the application are filled out completely with all questions answered and with complete addresses with city, state and zip codes where applicable (especially regarding past landlord history for the LAST 5 YEARS) !! If you lived with family during the past 5 years list their names and complete address on the application also.

If your letter is sent and returns to our office with a new address or no address known, you will need to fill out a new application.  Please remember to keep our office updated of any address changes.

It is necessary, as the letter will state, to call for an appointment when your name has reached the top of the list. You will have to sign verification forms which are then mailed by this Agency. These verifications will take 3 to 4 weeks to be processed. The verifications will help determine your eligibility for Public Housing.

Families consisting of more than eight household members are not eligible for Moorhead Public Housing. The largest unit our agency has is 4 bedrooms in size. 


MPHA Occupancy Standards are as follows:

  • Dwellings should be assigned so that, except possibly in the case of infants and very young children, the parent(s) has separate bedroom.
  • The age, sex, and relationship of the members of the family will be taken into consideration in assigning unit sizes; persons of different generations, persons of the opposite sex (other than married couples, or couples who have a marital type relationship), and unrelated adults, will be assigned separate bedrooms. In any case, minors of the opposite sex six years or older, will not be required to share the same bedroom.
  • Units will be assigned so that the living room is not used for sleeping purposes. In order to prevent underutilization of space and permit efficient and economical use of scarce housing resources, the following standards will determine the number of bedrooms required to accommodate a family of a given size:
      Number of Occupants
    Number of Bedrooms
     Minimum Maximum
     0 1
     1
     1  1  2
     2  2  4
     3  3  6
     4  6  8

Such standards may be waived when a vacancy problem exists and it is necessary to achieve or maintain full occupancy by temporarily assigning a family to a larger size unit or a different unit type, such as such as a handicapped adapted unit, than is required. Such family shall be advised that they will be transferred to the proper type or size unit as soon as one becomes available. In no event should waiver action be taken to assign smaller units to families than established in the maximums.

We suggest you also apply with rental assistance programs located in Fargo, ND (Fargo HRA 701-293-6262) and Dilworth, MN (Clay County Housing and Redevelopment 218-233-8883).

Moorhead Public Housing Agency does not discriminate on the basis of handicapped status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities.

Supplement to Application for Federally Assisted Housing

Application for Housing Assistance