Emergency rental assistance due to COVID-19

Hennepin County residents who have been financially harmed by COVID-19 may qualify for emergency assistance to help with rent and other housing costs. 

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Information for renters

Even though there is a temporary hold on evictions as part of Governor Walz's executive order, rent is still due and landlords may be able to evict tenants with past due rent once restrictions are lifted. Rental assistance can be used to pay this month's rent and utilities, as well as past due rent and utilities from previous months.

Renters are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure rent support is received in time.


You may qualify for emergency rental assistance if you:

  • Rent your housing anywhere in Hennepin County
  • Had household income below 50% of the area median income (about $46,550 for a household of three) before COVID-19
  • Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance
  • Can't afford your housing costs this month
  • Are not currently receiving Section 8 or other rental assistance


If you do not have internet access or cannot complete the form in English, call 612-302-3160. Leave a message and someone will return your call as quickly as possible.

Households that appear eligible will be contacted by a provider to complete the application process, including collecting verification information. Do not submit multiple applications.

Residents who complete this form will also be considered for other county emergency assistance programs.

Find information about other assistance during the COVID-19 epidemic at www.hennepin.us/covid-19.

There is no deadline to apply, but residents are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure support is received in time.

Talk to your landlord

In order to receive rental assistance, your landlord must have a W-9 form on file with Hennepin County. Reach out to your landlord to find out if they do. If they do not, you can direct them to this webpage where they can submit a W-9 form electronically using the link provided below under "Information for landlords."

Information for landlords

Rental property manager W-9 form

In order to provide rent assistance to tenants in your building, Hennepin County needs a completed W-9 form from the property manager.

Once a form is completed, it can be used for all tenants requesting rent assistance in any properties you manage.

Complete a W-9 form now

Contact EHA@hennepin.us with any questions.

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