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Emergency rent assistance

There are now two ways for Hennepin County residents and rental property owners and managers to apply for emergency rent assistance:

  • RentHelpMN is a statewide emergency rent assistance program where the renter leads the application process.
  • The Zero Balance Project is a metro area emergency rent assistance program where rental property owners and managers lead the application process.

See below for highlights of each program to help you decide the best option for your situation. Please visit each of the program websites to learn more and apply.

RentHelpMN

renthelpmn.org

  • Statewide
  • Both tenants and property owners/managers can start applications
  • Renters provide income and demographic information, demonstrate impact by COVID, and provide past-due rent and/or utility bills and lease agreement.
  • Property owners/managers provide property and payment information and verify amount owed.
  • Income limits: 80% AMI
  • Maximum assistance: up to 15 months
  • Eligible expenses include rent, rental fees, utilities and tenant-paid utilities
  • Applications accepted on an open pipeline basis through at least December 2021
  • Total funding $518 million
  • For more information, call 211

The Zero Balance Project

housinglink.org/zerobalanceproject

  • Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties, including Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • Property owners/managers start applications
  • Renters provide income and demographic information, and demonstrate impact by COVID.
  • Property owners/managers provide lease, property information, amount owed and payment information.
  • Income limits: 80% AMI
  • Maximum assistance: up to 15 months
  • Eligible expenses include rent, rental fees and utilities that are included in the lease. Utilities in the renter’s name are not eligible under this program.
  • Applications accepted June 7 to June 20, 2021
  • Total funding $34 million, with potential to add funds as needed
  • For more information, email zerobalanceproject@housinglink.org
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If you applied to the most recent round of Hennepin County rent assistance in March, and have questions about that application, call 612-348-6442.

Rental property manager W-9 form

If you or your renters applied to Hennepin County's March round of rental assistance, Hennepin County needs a completed W-9 form from the property manager to provide assistance.

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.

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 MNBenefits.org.

Adults without minor children can call 612-596-1300.

Families with children can call 612-596-1900.

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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