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Minnesota Department of Human Services
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RentHelpMN, also known as the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program, is now accepting applications.
What is RentHelpMN?
Created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or fear that could happen. RentHelpMN is currently in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.
What does RentHelpMN offer?
Eligible Minnesota renters can receive help with past due rent back to March 13, 2020. Qualifying Minnesotans could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.
Rent Payments: Past-due rent since March 13, 2020 (April 1st rent) and upcoming rent, three months at a time
Utility Payments: Gas, electric, water/sewer, garbage/recycling and other utilities as approved
Additional Housing Related Costs: Varies, but may include fees charged by your landlord or eviction-related costs
RentHelpMN is currently working with renters who owe back rent. Those who owe back rent and meet the eligibility requirements may apply for all offered assistance.
HOW TO APPLY
Visit RentHelpMN.org or call 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 RentHelpMN Hotline has dedicated multi-lingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN.
RentHelpMN Hotline is available 8 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday
Call: Dial 2-1-1 or 800-543-7709
Text: MNRENT to 898-211
Attorney General's Office
Suspension of evictions – Landlords and financial institutions cannot begin eviction proceedings that would remove tenants from stable housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you know has been wrongfully convicted, you can contact the Attorney General's Office. Available in Spanish and Somali. Visit Attorney General's Office.
City of Brooklyn Park
The City of Brooklyn Park has information on housing assistance resources. Visit the City of Brooklyn Park housing resources.
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County
Organization provides energy and water payment assistance. Must complete application and meet program criteria to be eligible. Visit Community Action Partnership.
Community Emergency Assistance Program
Residents in suburban Hennepin County cities who have been financially harmed by COVID-19 may be eligible for emergency rental assistance. Call 763-450-3672. Visit the CEAP webpage.
Conflict Resolution Center
Provides assistance resolving problems between landlords and tenants/Ayuda para resolver disputas entre inquilinos y dueños de vivienda. Llame al Centro de resolución de conflictos antes de presentar una demanda en el tribunal. Visit Conflict Resolution Center.
Heading Home Hennepin (Hennepin County)
Shelter options for most vulnerable residents including those experiencing homelessness, and information about rental assistance and utilities. Visit Heading Home Hennepin.
Hennepin County Severe Cold Warming Options
When the temperature or wind-chill become dangerously low, these places are open during specified hours. Visit the Severe Cold Warming Options webpage.
HOME Line provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. Visit Home Line. Call: 612-728-5767 or 866-866-3546 (toll free)
Housing Link-COVID-19 Resources for Renters
A collection of resources for renters, including: Mediation Services, Hennepin County Rental Assistance, Legal Webinar for Renters on COVID-19 Rental Housing Issues, Unemployment Insurance, Emergency Assistance and more. Visit Housing Link COVID-19 Resources for Renters.
Low Income Energy Assistance
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. Visit the EAP webpage.
Minneapolis Renters Coalition
Fund created to assist renters to be able to continue to pay their rent. Visit Minneapolis Renters’ Coalition.
Prism provides housing-related financial assistance, advocacy, assistance with applications for energy assistance programs, and referrals for community resources to address other issues such as transportation, employment, child care, and mental health care. Visit Prism