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Rental Assistance

Family moving into a new home together

Make sure you have reviewed our main page for current assistance that we provide through our Prevention Program. Below are resources for rental assistance through other organizations that serve statewide or in your county.

211 – United Way

United Way’s 2-1-1 is a great resource for finding a variety of assistance for Minnesotans. You can also go to their renter tool to find assistance for renters or talk to a community resource specialist.


If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need assistance to pay your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA). This program is for all Minnesota residents. Phase one is currently open for people who owe back-rent. Phase two will open soon and allow people to apply for upcoming rent. RentHelpMN offers up to a total of 15 months of assistance for both rent and utilities.

The Zero Balance Project

The Zero Balance Project is a landlord-initiated application for the statewide COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program. This project is open to residents of Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties, and the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The program is for rental assistance only and offers up to 15  months of assistance.

Hennepin County Emergency General Assistance

This program through Hennepin County offers county residents emergency general assistance to help with temporary shelter, housing costs like rent and utilities, foreclosure prevention, and extra food support. This is an ongoing program that is available.

Tenant Resource Center

The Tenant Resource Center is a collaborative effort that offers referrals and direct assistance for legal issues, housing search, mediation, emergency assistance, workforce assistance, and eviction and homelessness prevention in Hennepin County.

Catholic Charities

Both the Twin Cities Catholic Charities and St. Cloud Catholic Charities locations are great resources for a variety of assistance.