Minnesota – Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

What exactly does RentHelpMN stand for?

The Minnesota – Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was created to aid tenants in Minnesota who are in danger of losing their housing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as to reimburse property owners for late rent payments. If you have fallen behind on your rent payments, we can help you catch up. Determine your eligibility and begin filling out the application as soon as possible.

RentHelpMN applications are not being accepted at this time.

Your application will be considered if it is received on or before the deadline of January 28th. Requests that match the criteria will be processed if funds are available.

Local households who qualify for the Emergency Rental Aid (ERA) program in Washington County may be eligible to receive assistance. For more information, go to the program’s website.

Do you need assistance paying your bills?

The Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to people in need of utility expenses. Apply no later than May 31, 2022.

Continue scrolling down the page to see more community resource links.

RentHelpMN protects you against getting evicted from your home.

If you are a tenant who is about to be evicted because you have not paid your rent, Minnesota – Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is a safeguard. Renters who are served with an eviction notice must still respond and appear in court to show evidence supporting their motion. Minnesota Housing staff workers attend court proceedings to provide information to all parties involved. More information on the eviction process and how to defend yourself can be found at homelinemn.org.

If I have any questions, who should I contact?

There are experienced operators available to answer any questions you may have about your eligibility, bills, or documentation, or to arrange a reasonable accommodation for you.

Call 211 as soon as possible.

Portal for Renters

If you have already applied, you can check the status of your application and upload any supporting papers on this page.

Portal for Landlords

In this section, you can register your properties and respond to tenant applications.

Other readily accessible materials

A variety of groups have received funds for housing and other sorts of assistance as part of the COVID-19 relief money.

  • The Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance for the payment of heating expenditures as well as heating system repairs. It is also possible to call 800-657-3710 and press 1. The deadline for application submission is May 31, 2022.
  • The Cold Weather Rule (CWR) is a Minnesota state law that prohibits residential utility customers from having their electric or natural gas service disconnected between October 1 and April 30. The law applies to electric and natural gas utility customers.
  • The federal government provided cash to some tribal governments so that they may operate their own housing assistance programs. If you are receiving services from a Native American tribe in Minnesota, you should contact that tribe directly for more information.
  • View the RentHelpMN educational webinar hosted by Minnesota Housing to learn more about the program and how to apply.
  • Homeowner relief is on the horizon. Register to receive email updates on the availability of mortgage assistance.
  • If you want to speak with a non-profit homeownership expert who can help you through your current situation, contact the Minnesota Homeownership Center.
  • Those who qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program receive financial help.
  • If you are a disabled Minnesota resident, Housing Benefits 101 is a resource that can help you learn more about the programs and opportunities that support your housing needs and aspirations.
  • The application procedure for benefits in Minnesota, including financial aid, food assistance, temporary housing, and child care support, has been streamlined. The application is available online and may be completed in under twenty minutes.
  • If you are already homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or do not have a place to stay for an extended length of time, contact your area Coordinated Entry “front door” for further possibilities.
  • With the help of your local county or tribal government’s social service organization, you can connect with other benefits or services in addition to emergency aid.
Angela Silva

Angela Silva, a dedicated 42-year-old consultant specializing in government housing and rental assistance, hails from Sydney, Australia. She completed her education with a degree in Urban Planning from the University of New South Wales. Angela’s career has been marked by her relentless advocacy for affordable housing solutions, where she has worked extensively with both local governments and international agencies in Asia-Pacific regions. Her initiatives have led to the development of sustainable housing projects that cater to low-income families. Outside of her professional environment, Angela enjoys a peaceful life with her partner and their two adopted dogs, engaging in community gardening and urban sustainability projects.


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