Public Housing

The City of South St. Paul owns and manages the Nan McKay and John Carroll Highrises for a total of 296 one-bedroom apartments. Each apartment is designed for independent living for individuals with low to moderate incomes.

Note: To comply with HUD regulations, both highrise buildings will be Smoke Free beginning July 1, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements prior to becoming a resident. This includes meeting program income guidelines, providing good landlord references, and passing a criminal background check. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal alien. Applications are taken by appointment only. View more information (PDF) .

Household Size/Income Limits

Household Size of 1 = $47,600 maximum annual income

Household Size of 2 = $54,400 maximum annual income

Age Requirement

The minimum age requirement for admission is 50 years of age. Preference is given to applicants 62 years of age or older, persons with verified disability, South St. Paul residents, and Veterans/Spouses of Veterans.


Rents are based on 30 percent of a tenant's monthly adjusted income with a minimum rent of $25.00 and a maximum rent of $640.00. Heat, water, sewer and trash are included in the rent. Tenants are responsible for the excess electricity consumed by the air conditioner ($5.00 per month year round). Tenant are also responsible for other utility payments such as telephone, cable television, and internet service.

A security deposit equal to the total tenant rental payment or $100, whichever is greater is required.

Pet Policy

The pet policy allows for one (1) dog or cat (not exceeding 20 pounds) per apartment. The pet deposit is $200 and all pets must be vaccinated and be licensed in South St. Paul.


Each building has an assigned parking area. Street parking is also available, however, it is your responsibility to become familiar with City Codes relating to parking ordinances.

John Carroll Highrise

John Carroll Highrise

Nan McKay Highrise

Nan McKay Highrise