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Olmsted County rent and housing assistance.

Shelter, rental assistance, and transitional housing is available for low income tenants, families facing eviction, and the homeless in the Rochester Minnesota area. A number of housing programs are used to stop evictions as well as homelessness, and long term support can be provided for rent by HUD section 8 vouchers as well.

While most of the funds below are intended to directly pay any rent costs, there may also be some money (or loans) for utility bills, moving costs, security deposits, or legal needs. Whatever is required to stop evictions and homelessness in Olmsted County will be done.

When applying for grants, or any type of short term financial aid for rent or a low income apartment, bring proof of income, copy of any SSI disability or pension information (for seniors) and more supporting documentation. All funds for helping with housing, rent, deposits, and associated expenses is limited.

IMMA, or Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association
Location is 2500 Valleyhigh Dr NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Main Phone: (507) 289-5960
Applicants need to be immigrants, migrant farm workers, or refugees. They can get funds for paying rent or access to low cost housing, emergency shelter, and referrals to benefits among other support.




Olmsted County Community Services
2117 Campus Drive Southeast, Suite 200
Rochester Minnesota, 55904
Main number is (507)328-6500
One time funds help with rent to stop evictions, home repairs, utilities to keep lights or heat on, furniture and more. Applicants need to be low income and facing a crisis. They also run the Coordinated Entry Housing program.





Three Rivers Community Action
Location is 300 11th Ave NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Dial (507) 732-7391
The non-profit runs the Family Homeless Prevention & Assistance Program. It combines everything from grants for rent to eviction and mortgage foreclosure prevention services. Referrals are also given to security deposit assistance, back rent programs, and other aid. The agency helps client find, and pay for, new permanent homes.

Olmsted County Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
2117 Campus Drive SE, Suite 300
Rochester, Minnesota 55904
Section 8, with a waiting list, can help pay for approved low income housing.

Salvation Army
Main address is 20 1st Ave NE
Rochester, MN 55906
Telephone number - (507) 288-3663
Emergency shelter for the homeless, case management, money for rent and heating bills, and other support is given.

The ARC Housing Access Service
Main address is 6301 Bandel Rd N, Ste 605
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 287-2032
They only help the disabled. The non-profit will help them find and locate suitable, affordable and accessible housing, apply for rent vouchers, SSI, and more.

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County
Main address is 1700 N. Broadway, Suite 124
Rochester, Minnesota 55906
They ensure free legal aid and representation to the low income and poor. Housing, eviction defense, debt issues, and other legal aid is arranged.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
315 12th Avenue NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
For information, dial (507) 216-7370
Programs include free furniture, direct financial aid or loans (including for rent or bills), clothing, and more.




Shelters and transitional housing in Olmsted County

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Rochester is based at 811 7th Street NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901. Call 507-281-3122. Shelter guests need to have a child, and the charity will also help single moms or dads.

Dorothy Day Hospitality House. 703 1st St SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902. Call (507) 282-5172. In addition to short term housing, a free dinner is served.

By Jon McNamara

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