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Rental assistance in Stearns and Sherburne County.

The main housing programs available in Stearns and Sherburne County include emergency rent assistance as a form of homeless prevention. Non-profits, as well as a few select government organizations, also may assist with rapid rehousing, and this will include both placement into a new home as well as funds for paying a security deposit. Other resources in Saint Cloud MN range from free motel vouchers to section 98 or attorneys that help tenants with an eviction notice as well as moving assistance.

Any assistance available for paying a portion of back rent in the St. Cloud area is limited and comes with conditions. It will also only be in the form of short financial term help so that the family can explore longer term solutions. In the greater St. Cloud area, much of the funding for housing and rental costs comes from government grants and agencies, and there is often a waiting list in place.

Agencies that offer help with rent and deposits in St. Cloud area

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. Cloud runs the section 8 housing voucher program as well as income based homes and apartments. The address is 1225 W Saint Germain St., St. Cloud, Minnesota, 56301. Section 8 housing vouchers is a HUD created subsidy portion that pays a portion of rent based on the applicant's income. There is also help for the disabled and mentally ill. Call (320) 252-0880

Stearns County Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) is run by the Finance Agency in MN. Call (651) 296-7608. Assistance for rent, housing, and medical needs is only for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

St. Cloud Rental Assistance Programs can be reached at 800.657.3769. The statewide Housing Finance Agency provides cash grants to county government and non-profits. Together there is funds for eviction prevention services, back rent, security deposits, and shelters in the area.

Legal aid (Mid-Minnesota) is at 110 6th Ave, St Cloud, MN. Dial (320) 253-0121. Lawyers offer free advice on housing matters, ranging from eviction help to foreclosure counseling and landlord repair issues. There are pro-bono and free lawyers in Stearns and Sherburne County. They can also help low-income families, the disabled and elderly apply for benefits.





Stearns County Human Services - Address is 705 Courthouse Sq, St. Cloud, MN, 56303. Call (320) 656-6000 or (320) 656-6131. A program known as EGA - Emergency General Assistance is one time financial aid. It addresses safety issues, which can include lack of housing. Cash aid may be for mortgage or rent payments, utilities, or a security deposit for a resident leaving transitional housing.

  • Sherburne County Health & Human Services also runs EGA. The address is 13880 Business Center Dr NW, Elk River, Minnesota 55330. Call (763) 765-4000. This is a grant program that helps pay for everything from back rent to motel rooms, apartments, moving or utility costs and other bills.

The Salvation Army - The Crossing at Big Lake Station is at 115 Henry Rd, Big Lake, Minnesota, 55309. Phone number - (612) 223-6911. Emergency aid, transitional housing, shelter, and money for back rent is offered. A focus is on seniors, families with children, and the disabled.

Tri-CAP, Inc. is the St. Cloud community action agency. The address is 1210 23rd Ave S, Waite Park, MN, 56387. Telephone - (320) 251-1612. Stearns County residents in shelters can get help to re-enter housing and become stabilized, so there is money for rental or utility deposits. Legal aid and loans can also help with rent to stop an eviction from occurring. Find more details on assistance from Tri-Cap.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud has emergency services and housing program. Transitional homes, referrals to loans or financial help for rent or mortgages, and even free basic needs are offered from 911 18th St N, St Cloud, MN 56303. Call (320) 650-1550. A focus is on housing and rent programs for children and single parents. There is also job placement and other social services.

Community Aid Elk River, or CAER
Location - 19279 Watson St NW
Elk River, Minnesota, 55330
Hotline - (763) 441-1020
The non-profit supports Sherburne County low income families that are out of options. Emergency funds for heating costs, rent, transportation, and housing needs are a focus.

By Jon McNamara

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