Minnesota Housing announced on Tuesday the statewide RentHelpMN Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program is approaching the end of its funds and will therefore be cutting off all applications for assistance on Friday, January 28 at 9 pm. For tenants to be eligible for assistance with up to 18 months of rent and utilities, applications must be completed and submitted by that time.
Applications received by that time will continue to be processed. Incomplete applications will be withdrawn.
The demand for rental assistance is higher, with applications coming in January 22 at a faster pace than any other month during the pandemic. As a result, the amount of assistance being requested is increasing which caused the state to reduce the number of future months rent the fund can pay.
Minnesota has requested additional federal funding to meet the need. However, it does not appear the federal government has plans to distribute additional funds.
Tenants must initiate the application process, with housing providers helping throughout the application process. Payments for rent and utilities are send directly to landlords and the utility companies.
To apply for rental assistance, go to RentHelpMN.org.