It took two days for 300 families to sign up for two-bedroom townhomes in Olmsted County’s three public housing complexes.

The county’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority opened the waiting list Wednesday morning, and the list closed by noon Friday.

The last time the list was opened, in 2016, it took more than two months to obtain 500 applications. It took more than two years to reach the end of that list.

Qualifying applications are ranked in order received, with a preference given to working households where the head, spouse or co-head is employed at least 20 hours per week.

The two-bedroom apartments are open to families with up to two children who meet federal income guidelines. That’s an annual income of $60,000 or less for a two-person household and $75,000 or less for a four-person household, which is 80 percent of the area median income.

However, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that extremely low-income families make up at least 40 percent of the families admitted to public housing each year. Those families earn 30 percent or less of the area median income.

A two-person household categorized as extremely low income earns $22,550 or less a year. For a family of four, the annual income increases to $28,150.

As the new list was bring prepared, Dave Dunn, the Olmsted County HRA director said he anticipates some families at the top could see new homes within weeks since six two-bedroom units are expected to become available and applicants could move in by the end of August.

“It could be a really quick turnaround for those families,” he said.

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