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RentHelpMN Targeted Assistance

RentHelpMN – Targeted Assistance is a federally funded, referral-based program providing direct assistance for renters who have experienced or are at risk of financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s designed to help prevent homelessness and maintain housing stability.

Minnesota Housing has contracted with select service providers to administer the program. The service providers identify eligible renters in their community and help them apply for the program. 

Note: The general RentHelpMN program remains closed and is not accepting applications. It closed on January 28, 2022, and will not reopen.  

Program Summary

RentHelpMN – Targeted Assistance provides renter households access to referral-based direct assistance through contracted service providers. 

Minnesota Housing has approximately $42.5 million available for the operation of this program, including funds for administrative costs and services. All of the funds must be fully obligated by September 30, 2025.

Program guidelines can be found in the RentHelpMN – Targeted Assistance Program Guide

Eligibility Requirements

Renters are eligible for the program if they meet all the following:

  • Experienced financial hardship or qualified for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Can demonstrate a risk of housing instability or homelessness
  • Have income at or below 80% area median income 

·      Renters may be eligible for assistance with rent payments, utility payments and additional housing costs approved by Minnesota Housing.

If renters are approved for the program, payments can be paid to the property owner or manager, utility company or the manufactured home park owner or manager. In rare cases, payment may be directly to renters. This will be done at the discretion of Minnesota Housing.

Forms for Renters

Renters may need to provide supporting documents to complete their application. If renters need additional application forms, visit RentHelpMN - Targeted Assistance Forms.

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