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RentHelpMN is no longer accepting applications.

Rent Help MN

RentHelpMN is no longer accepting applications.

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Rent Help MN

What is RentHelpMN

This program was created to help Minnesota renters who are at risk of losing their housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reimburse property owners for missed rent payments. If you have fallen behind on your rent, we are here to help. Find out if you qualify and begin your application today.

RentHelpMN is no longer accepting applications.  

If you submitted an application on or before the January 28 deadline, it will be reviewed. Eligible requests will be processed subject to funding availability. 

Residents of Washington County may be eligible for assistance through their Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. Visit the program website to learn more. 

Seeking utility assistance? 

Utility assistance is available through the Energy Assistance Program.  Apply by May 31, 2022.

Scroll down for links to additional community resources.  


RentHelpMN is protection against eviction

If you are a renter facing eviction for non-payment of rent, a pending application for emergency rental assistance is a protection. Renters who receive an eviction notice must still respond and need to show up to court to show proof of their application. Staff from Minnesota Housing are present at court sessions to provide information to all parties. Learn more about the eviction process and how to protect yourself at

211-logo-tagline-rgb   Who can I call with questions?  Trained operators are available to answer your questions about your eligibility, bills, documents or to make a reasonable accommodation. Call 211 today.

Renter Portal

If you have applied, you can check your status and upload documents here. 

Landlord Portal

Log in here to register your properties and respond to renter applications.

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Other available resources

Numerous entities received housing and related assistance funds as part of the COVID-19 relief funds.

  • Help with heating costs and furnace repairs are available through the Energy Assistance Program. You can also call 800-657-3710 and press 1. The application deadline is May 31, 2022.
  • Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule (CWR) is a state law that protects residential utility customers from having electric or natural gas service shut off between October 1 and April 30.
  • Some Tribal governments received federal funding to operate their own rental assistance programs. If you are connected to services through a Tribe in Minnesota, contact them directly for more information.
  • Watch Minnesota Housing’s webinar to learn more about RentHelpMN and how to get ready to apply.
  • Help for homeowners is on the way. Sign up for email updates on mortgage assistance.
  • If you want to talk to a nonprofit homeownership advisor who can help navigate your situation, contact the Minnesota Homeownership Center.
  • Help with Internet costs is available through the Affordable Connectivity Program.
  • If you are a Minnesotan with a disability, Housing Benefits 101 can help you learn more about programs and options that support your housing needs and goals.
  • Minnesota has a streamlined application for benefits such as cash, food, emergency housing, and child care assistance. The application is online and can be completed in 20 minutes or less.
  • If you are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or don’t have a place you can stay for very long, contact your local Coordinated Entry “front door” for additional resources.
  • Your local county or tribal social service agency can help you connect with other benefits or services, as well as emergency aid.



If you would like to help spread the word about RentHelpMN, follow the link below to access a toolkit of materials for you to use. These include social media posts, email and text message language, posters, flyers, digital ads and more.


Anoka County
Dakota County
Hennpin County
City of Minneapolis
Ramsey County
City of Saint Paul
Washington County