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Emergency rent assistance

Hennepin County residents can now apply for emergency rent assistance through a statewide application at

If you applied to the most recent round of Hennepin County rent assistance, please wait to hear from us before submitting a new application through RenthHelpMN to prevent errors that could delay your payment.

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RentHelpMN application now open

The State of Minnesota launched a new rent assistance application on Tuesday, April 20 at Applications will remain open for the coming months and there is no deadline to apply.

If you applied for Hennepin County rent assistance

If you applied for Hennepin County's most recent round of emergency rent assistance and have not heard a from us with a decision on your application, you will soon. We expect to have all final decisions made by early May.

To prevent errors that could delay your payment from Hennepin County, please do not submit a new application through RentHelpMN until you receive a decision on your current application with the county.

You can check the status of your application here. You will need the User ID from your confirmation email. 

If you are denied funding

If you do not qualify, you will get a letter explaining why. That letter will also explain how to request an appeal.

Hennepin County has other rent and financial help programs you may qualify for.

Single adults can apply for Emergency General Assistance (EGA). Families can apply for Emergency Assistance (EA).

To apply

  • Fill out an application at
  • Adults without minor children can call 612-596-1300
  • Families with children can call 612-596-1900

A statewide COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance program will open in the coming weeks. Landlords will be able to apply on behalf of their tenants. Learn more here.

Rental property manager W-9 form

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

In 2020, Hennepin County distributed a total of $21 million of emergency housing assistance.

We worked with a broad range of service organizations, nonprofits and community partners to distribute this funding to households in need, with special focus on reaching communities most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

The Emergency Housing Assistance map is intended to track the impacts of this fundings.

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View the interactive map.

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