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Rent assistance in Minneapolis and Hennepin County.

Learn how rental assistance programs can help Minneapolis and Hennepin County families pay their housing expenses. There are a number of financial resources available. Get grants or loans to help with back rent near you below or funds for security deposits, or locate section 8 HUD housing or free motel vouchers when applicable. Get information and details on many of the charity organizations, government programs, free legal services and churches to use to get emergency or long term rental assistance in the Minneapolis region.

Find information on eviction prevention programs, free legal advice for landlord-tenant issues, and how to get financial assistance for paying rent, storage costs, moving expenses or other housing costs in the Minneapolis MN area. The goal is homeless prevention, so therefore a number of Minneapolis Minnesota non-profits and agencies administer housing and financial hardship programs. Thousands of families apply for, and receive, rent help every year from these non-profits, charities, and government program.

Find emergency or long term rent or housing programs in Minneapolis area

Hennepin County Emergency Assistance helps low income renters and families in general. The adress is 330 South 12th St. Minneapolis, MN 55487. the government agency can offer rent and housing assistance to low income families, and this can include senior citizens and the disabled as well. There are also SSI grants, TANF cash aid applications and other benefits.

However the agency will not offer rent assistance if the county or city of Minneapolis thinks that the applicant will fall behind again within the next year. Phone number - 612-596-1300,

Birthright of Minneapolis can help pregnant women, single moms, women fleeing violence or those who have a child under one year of age with rental assistance. Or they offer shared housing, legal aid around child support, and other resources (as needed). the rent help is provided from 825 Nicollet Mall, Suite 702 Medical Arts Building, Minneapolis, MN, 55402. Call (612) 338-2353.

  • Minneapolis Cradle Program is a partner as well. The non-profit will only help pregnant women (even including single mothers). There may be financial aid available for paying rent, a mortgage, and other housing costs. The applicant needs to be pregnant or just had a baby within the last 3 months to receive short term rental assistance. Dial  (612) 338-4434, or contact a social worker or non-profit such as Birthright.




Emergency GA is an option for rental assistance grants. Funds can even be paid to single adults. Other funds, such as a grant, can be used for energy bills if those could lead to an eviction. There is also security deposit (or damage help), funds to pay lease application fees as well as mortgage payment help. The goal is to help renters and homeowners have a place to live.

Applications are accepted by Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department of Minneapolis (call (612) 596-1900). GA offers homeless prevention services. Mostly referrals are given. Staff may give, or link low income and needy families to rent assistance, free legal aid, loan programs, transportation, and more. Housing and rent help is only one service from the Hennepin County social service organization.

CEAP- Community Emergency Assistance Program, which is located at 7051 Brooklyn Blvd Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 (phone 763-566-9600) can provide support to those on the verge of homelessness and that have been denied rental assistance from the county and other sources. They offer emergency financial services and rent help for those living in the Northwest Suburbs of Hennepin County - Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and Champlin Park in Hennepin County Minnesota.

Agate, or St. Stephen's Human Services, Inc,. administers the South Minneapolis Rental as well as Homeless Prevention Assistance Program. This is a focused program as it can help people pay rent if they have children. Address of the center 2309 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404., or dial (612) 874-0311

Elim Transitional Housing has several housing programs. When funds allow, rent help can be offered to N/NE Minneapolis residents, and applicants can’t have children under 18 years old. Call 763-788-1546. The charity is at 3989 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421.

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners - Office address is 1605 County Road 101 North, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447. Main number is (763) 489-7500. Offering resources and referrals to link individuals and families to financial support. This may include housing vouchers, rent, moving cost help, education and youth, employment, and budgeting programs. The non-profit is involved in serving people living in Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata since 1979.





Every Penny Counts Emergency Financial or Rental Assistance-MN AIDS Project, located at 1400 Park Avenue in Minneapolis (phone 612-331-7733) may be able to offer emergency financial income and grants of hundreds of dollars. The money can be used for paying rent, utility costs, medical bills, home buying expenses etc. for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) - Located at 5905 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minnesota, JFCS is a social service agency that provides a full spectrum of assistance programs as well as social services. The charity works to address the crucial needs of thousands of people who come to them every year, with a major focus on the elderly or disabled. Main number is 952-546-0616. Financial assistance, including for rent, may be available for Hennepin County residents.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, VAMC Building 47 One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, dial 612-726-1327. Veterans and their families can apply for rent and housing assistance. Or learn about applying for VA benefits, job programs, or utility bill help that can be paid to a property owner.

Northpoint Health & Wellness Center, located at 800 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 5541., call (612) 543-2500. Advice, counseling, and rent help is provided for North and Northeast Minneapolis residents only. Call on Mondays only. The non-profit can also provide referrals to low income apartments and there may be money available for moving costs or first months rent.

Harbor Light Center at the The Salvation Army of Hennepin County is another option. The emergency financial assistance includes funds for rent, a homeless shelter for the homeless, energy help, free motel or hotel vouchers, and more. Note housing, rental and homeless prevention is a focus. Most of the support is when eviction is imminent by the applicant’s landlord. Address of the Harbor Center is 1010 Currie Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Call (612) 767-3100 or 612-522-6581. Find more details on Salvation Army in Hennepin County.

Pillsbury House, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis 55407. Call 612-824-0708. The non-profit serves the zip codes of 55406, 55407, and 55408 only. Limited funds for rent, utilities or other bills is available, based on the applicants income and employment situation.

  • A partner agency is Waite House. This covers zip code of 55404. Call 612-721-1681. Funds can help prevent evictions. Any money for rent or utility bills is for homeless prevention only.

Home Line doesn’t provide grants, but rather it can offer free legal assistance for landlord issues, counseling, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. Lawyers can refer Minneapolis renters to all sorts of programs.

Callers get free legal aid to stop an eviction, advocacy, and education. the attorneys may refer tenants to government grant programs as well for deposits or rent. Consultation and representation in Hennepin Housing court is offered too. Call (612) 728-5767 The address is 8011 34th Ave S Ste 126, Bloomington, MN 55425. Or dial (612) 728-5767.

Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners of Minneapolis, Minnesota, zip code 55447, may have referrals to funds for emergency rent help on a first come and served basis. Other resources range from referrals to legal aid, transitional housing, and grants for rental or utility deposits and more. They only support residents of Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Hamel, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. Call (763) 489-7500. The non-profit is based at 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, Minneapolis 55447.

PRISM- People Responding in Social Ministry, 730 Florida Ave S Golden Valley 55426, phone - 763-529-1350. Cash is not offered, but a loan is. The agency can offer 0% interest loans to qualifying individuals and families to cover housing costs as well as pay rent in times of financial crisis or a hardship.





The programs and resources are only offered for people in parts of Hennepin County, including Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, or Robbinsdale Minnesota. Appointments are needed for the office at 1220 Zane Ave N, Minneapolis, Minneapolis 55422.

Minneapolis area rent help from homeless prevention and rapid rehousing is arranged by a central intake office. Low income families, single adults or moms, and others that need one time rent help may be assisted. There is also information on affordable housing, pro-bono legal aid, and federal grants for paying utility or rental deposits to rehouse a resident. Learn more on the services from the Hennepin County eviction and rehousing assistance programs.

Sabathani Community Center. South Minneapolis residents only can apply for emergency housing and resources. Call 612-821-2303. Or the address is 310 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55409.

STEP-Emergency Program, 5925 Highway 7 St Louis Park 55416, phone 952-925-4899. This organization may offer emergency housing services and rent assistance for residents of St. Louis Park only.

St. Stephen's (phone 612-870-2298 or (612) 767-2430) offers programs for people with minor children only. This can include rent or utility bill help for single moms (or dads), immigrants, and the unemployed among others. The church is at 2211 Clinton Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Building Blocks of Islam focuses on supporting refugees and immigrants. The non-profit is at 3900 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55421. New comers can learn about, and get help finding, affordable non-discriminatory housing. There may community support, a few dollars for help with first or last months rent, and other assistance programs. Call (612) 789-9227.

VEAP - Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People - Financial and rent assistance for low to moderate income residents of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and a small portion of Minneapolis Minnesota, which includes the area of south of 50th Street and west of Cedar Avenue. The main number is  952-888-9616.

Christians Reaching Out in Social Service, or CROSS, is for struggling families or tenants in the Champlin, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, Rogers, and Corcoran region. Both referrals and limited financial help, including for rental arrears, may be offered. The charity is at 12915 Weinand Circle, Rogers, MN 55374, or call (763)425-1050.

Western Communities Action Network provides social services, including around housing or rental help, in western Hennepin County. The charity, also known as WeCAN, is based at 5213 Shoreline Drive, Mound, Minnesota 55364. For information on how to get emergency financial aid for bills, rent, deposits or more, call (952)472-0742.

Community Action Partnership of Minneapolis - An anti-poverty fighting organization. There are referrals to free grant programs for everything from rent to energy bills, employment, security deposits, and other housing needs. Other support may be given too. More on Minneapolis Community Action Partnership programs.

Angel Foundation – This is a not for profit organization that provides financial assistance for emergency non-medical needs and expenses, such as rent, groceries, mortgage payments, and heating bills. They only help cancer patients going through active treatment. (612) 627-9000. While nearby, they also cover Hennepin County from 1155 Centre Pointe Dr, Mendota Heights, Minnesota 5512.







Minnesota Regional Legal Services can advise tenants facing eviction, if it is illegal. Attorneys or volunteers from Minneapolis also offer free advice on overdue rent, disputes over deposits, and unsafe housing or apartments. The number is 1-888-575-2954.

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority - Office address is 1001 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Call (612) 342-1400. Housing programs range from low cost apartments, section 8 housing choice vouchers to home buying advise. Other assistance includes public housing, referrals to rental assistance and more.

  • Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority operates section 8, including emergency vouchers, for the city of Richfield only. They also help with home repairs, operate FSS (Family Self-Sufficiency) and can assist with home buying too. The office is at 6700 Portland Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423. Dial (612)861-9760

Minneapolis funds dedicated to serving long term homeless.

Temporary tenant based rental assistance program dedicated to serving homeless families with children. They may coordinate short term financial help with long term subsidized housing, including placement on the Hennepin County section 8 HUD voucher list. Some rental deposit or first months rent help may also be provided, as well as grants to pay for storage costs.

  • Catholic Charities 341 Chester St, St Paul, MN 55107. Call (612) 204-85000
  • Elim Transitional Housing, Inc. – HTF, ELHIF, 3989 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, Rental Assistance Info Line: (763) 788-1546
  • Cornerstone Advocacy Service Inc. – 1000 East 80th Street, Bloomington. Call (952) 884-0376
  • EMERGE/PUC - Pillsbury United Communities – HTF, 1101 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411, phone (612) 341-1654
  • Lutheran Social Services – 2414 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, (612) 879-5358
  • Simpson Housing Services, Inc. – HTF, ELHIF, 2100Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis. Dial (612) 874-8683 ext 207
  • Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department – ELHIF, A-1601 Government Center, 300 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis. Call for help (612) 348-7510. Read more public assistance in Minnesota.
  • Project for Pride in Living, ELHIF, HTF, 1035 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis. Dial (612) 455-5100 Fax (612) 455-5101
  • People Incorporated, HTF, 317 York Avenue, Saint Paul. Phone number (651) 225-8963 ext. 15
  • St. Stephen’s Human Services – 2309 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis. Phone number 612-874-0311


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