Apply for emergency rent assistance
Emergency rent assistance is now available for Minneapolis residents through RentHelpMN and the Zero Balance Project.
Eligible Minnesota renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. Qualifying renters could receive up to 15 months total assistance.
RentHelpMN is a collaborative effort between local and state government across Minnesota to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis households and households across the state through one joint application process.
Applicants should submit one application through RentHelpMN regardless of their location within Minnesota.
Have questions or need help with the application process? Call 211 today. Trained operators are available to answer your questions about your eligibility, bills or documents. 211 has translation services available.
Minneapolis residents can also call the following community partners for assistance:
Comunidades Latinos Unidos en Servico (CLUES)
New American Development Center (NADC)
Somali, Oromo, or Amheric
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
Residents of public housing/ Housing Choice Voucher holders
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
Government partners include the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, and the State of Minnesota.
Zero Balance Project
The counties of Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey, and the cities of Minneapolis and St Paul are offering emergency rental assistance through a program called The Zero Balance Project.
In The Zero Balance Project, property owners start and lead the application on behalf of their renters.
Application Opens: June 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Application Closes: June 20 at 11:59 p.m.
More information and to apply
Rent is still due during the State of Minnesota’s evictions moratorium. You can’t be evicted for not paying rent under Governor Walz’s executive order, but this order may be lifted soon and you will be at risk of eviction if you have unpaid rent. Don’t wait to apply for help.
Other Rent Assistance Programs Recently Available
Hennepin County Emergency Rental Assistance – Funding for rent and utilities for low-income households who have lost income due to COVID-19.
This application for emergency rent assistance is now closed.
If you submitted an application, someone will contact you to help finish the application process, decide if you qualify, and make plans to pay your rent and utilities.
You can check the status of your application here. You will need the User ID from your confirmation email.
Minneapolis Housing Stabilization Pilot Program - The City of Minneapolis awarded funding to the organizations listed below to support tenants in 2-4 unit rental housing with rent and utility direct assistance payments in 2021. Contact the providers directly for more information.
Housing Stabilization Pilot Program rental/utility assistance providers
Al-Maa’uun - Ensures that tenants don’t lose housing and follows up with financial
coaching to stabilize households on a path to home ownership.
1729 Lyndale Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Lutheran Social Services – Serves single Black mothers in south Minneapolis by
providing direct payment (to landlords) of program participants.
2400 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association – Provides direct assistance to renter
households along with counseling services
821 E 35th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Urban HomeWorks – Empowers community members through activities that include
education/counseling and rent/utility supports for tenants.
2015 Emerson Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
We Win Institute, Inc. - Provides direct assistance to tenants with an incentive for
renters to transition to homeownership.
1330 Lagoon Avenue Suite 400
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Attention: Titilayo Bediako
Resources for Renters
Housing assistance resources and legal help
Many program rules have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you were not eligible in the past for housing assistance, please contact the organizations below to determine if you are now eligible for one of these services.
I need help paying rent or other expenses
Apply for assistance at mnbenefits.org. In addition to emergency housing assistance, this site can connect to food assistance, cash programs, and child care assistance. Income level, prior use of this resource, and immigration status criteria may be considered, according to individual program guidelines.