RentHelpMN is now open for applications….

RentHelpMN, also known as the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program, is now accepting applications.

What is RentHelpMN?

Created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or fear that could happen. RentHelpMN is currently in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

What does RentHelpMN offer?

Eligible Minnesota renters can receive help with past due rent back to March 13, 2020. Qualifying Minnesotans could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

  • Rent Payments: Past-due rent since March 13, 2020 (April 1st rent) and upcoming rent, three months at a time
  • Utility Payments: Gas, electric, water/sewer, garbage/recycling and other utilities as approved
  • Additional Housing Related Costs: Varies, but may include fees charged by your landlord or eviction-related costs

RentHelpMN is currently working with renters who owe back rent. Those who owe back rent and meet the eligibility requirements may apply for all offered assistance.

How to Apply

Visit or call 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 RentHelpMN Hotline has dedicated multi-lingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN.

RentHelpMN Hotline is available 8 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday

  • Call:    Dial 2-1-1 or 800-543-7709
  • Local:  651-291-0211
  • Text:   MNRENT to 898-211

Additional information regarding eligibility and documentation requirements can be found here.

Sign up here to receive updates on the RentHelpMN program.

Click here for more information regarding the RentHelpMN program.

Click here to learn more about the program, FAQs, and a diagram of an application workflow.

Additional Housing Related Resources

Here are additional resources that may be available to help with housing related support.

Minnesota Housing has more information regarding mortgage assistance and resources here.

Some assistance programs are specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, and you can see them all in one place on United Way’s Coronavirus resource page or you can search for general resources using 211’s Guided Search tool.


Minnesota Emergency Assistance for Families/Emergency General Assistance is a short-term assistance program for people experiencing a financial hardship. You can access the program application through your local county human services office or at ApplyMN.

Bridge to Benefits
This web-based screening tool can help an individual identify if they’re eligible for public works programs, including SNAP, WIC, School Meal Program, Minnesota Health Care Programs, Energy Assistance and Child Care Assistance. Visit the website here.

Community Action Partnership
Minnesota Community Action Partnership members provide assistance to individuals and families in times of crisis. Find Your Local Community Action Agency


A non-profit Minnesota tenant advocacy organization providing free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. HOME Line’s hotline is confidential:

HOME Line’s tenant hotline remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, HOME Line’s physical office is closed. Call or email for legal advice about your tenancy. General rental housing information regarding COVID-19 is available here, and recordings of all HOME Line’s COVID-19 rental issue webinars are here.

Visit HOME Line’s website for more information. Click here.

In some cases, direct financial support may not be available. Visit LawHelpMN to understand your rights and options.

Minnesota Attorney General Consumer Protection Division

If the matter is related to a utility, contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD has provided a Tenant Guidance Rent Repayment Plan which includes a sample letter to a landlord and other helpful Key Resource Links.

Need help finding a resource?

Call to speak with one of our highly trained Community Resource Specialists by phone.

Your call is completely confidential, and we have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong.

Call 2-1-1

Toll Free: 800-543-7709
Local: 651-291-0211
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