RENTHELPMN APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2022 AT 9:00 PM
The deadline for renters to submit an application or re-application for the statewide RentHelpMN is Friday, January 28, 2022 at 9 pm.
The deadline will not impact existing submitted applications, which will continue to be processed, subject to funding availability.
Please note that applications that have been started but not submitted by January 28, 2022, will be considered withdrawn. They will not be processed, and an incomplete application will not provide protection from eviction.
If you are behind on rent, you may apply for past-due rent, utilities and up to one month of forward rent and submit your application by Friday, January 28, 2022, 9 pm.
Applications will not be accepted after Friday, January 28, 2022 at 9:00 pm. If you have started an application but have not hit “Complete” and then “Okay” on the last page, it will not be processed and cannot be changed after the deadline. Applications that have already been submitted will continue to be processed.
Renters who need additional assistance can log in to their portal or call 2-1-1 or 800-543-7709. Please be aware that wait times for help through 2-1-1 will be longer than usual due to high demand.
If you have already submitted a RentHelpMN application, it will continue to be processed and you do not need to call 2-1-1 unless you have an immediate question. You can log in to your account to check on the application status.
NOTE: Following the application deadline, the RentHelpMN application portal will be closed for maintenance over the weekend of January 29 – 30, 2022. It will be available again the morning of Monday, January 31, 2022 for application in process.
Additional RentHelpMN program information can be found here.
Minnesota’s Eviction Moratorium is Ending June 1, 2022:
Minnesota’s Eviction Moratorium Phaseout Timeline states: As of June 1, 2022 all lease termination and eviction protections will be lifted.
More information and FAQs regarding the Eviction Moratorium Phaseout can be found on the HOME Line Website here. Visit LawHelpMN.org COVID-19: Rent Assistance & Evictions for more information, including FAQs.
What if I can’t apply or am not eligible for RentHelpMN?
Additional rent payment assistance:
Visit United Way’s COVID-19 City/County/Organization Based Financial Assistance for Individuals and Families webpage for limited city, county, and organization program, across the state, that may have additional financial resources.
Find help with additional rent payment assistance by calling 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting the United Way 2-1-1 website – even if you are not being evicted. Pay what you can now and look for additional help to get caught up with your bills.
If you need to replace lost or stolen documents needed for applying for rent payment assistance, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards or state identification cards:
- Click here if you need to obtain or replace a lost or stolen birth certificate
- Click here if you need to obtain or replace a lost or stolen Social Security card. There is no charge for this.
- Click here if you need to obtain or replace a lost or stolen state identification card
Find help with birth certificate and identification card fee payment assistance by calling 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting the United Way 2-1-1 website.
Additional eviction prevention services may be available in your area
If you are facing eviction, it is best to seek legal services right away. This will give you time to apply, arrange an appointment, and gather any documents you may need.
Find help with eviction prevention through legal assistance by calling 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or searching the United Way 2-1-1 website.
Resources for Hennepin County Residents:
Hennepin County residents can visit the Renters’ Help website for additional resources
Hennepin County Adult Representation Services
The Hennepin County Housing Court Team provides legal advice and representation for Hennepin County residents who are facing eviction with the goal of protecting tenants' rights and achieving positive outcomes. The Housing Court Team can advocate on behalf of tenants with landlords and the courts to ensure tenant rights are protected, provide legal advice before and during housing court proceedings and represent tenants in court, negotiate with landlords to try and resolve issues out of court, or to help tenants achieve a better outcome, help prevent evictions and get evictions removed from a tenant’s record, and connect tenants with financial assistance and other services to help achieve stable housing. There are income eligibility requirements for legal advice services and legal representation services. Call (612)348-7012, 8 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be arranged outside of intake hours.
Listed below are several services that serve all of Minnesota:
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.
Important Update for ApplyMN:
ApplyMN will no longer be available after January 31, 2022. If you have an unfinished application in ApplyMN, please complete and submit your application now or use MNBenefits to apply. Starting February 1, 2022, any partial ApplyMN applications will no longer be available, and all online applications will need to be submitted using MNBenefits. Paper applications will still be available.
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:
- For English, call 612-728-5767 or email your question to one of our housing attorneys.
Toll-free from Greater Minnesota: 866-866-3546
- HOME Line ofrece servicios en español. Para Español, llame al 612-255-8870.
- HOME Line waxay bixisaa adeeg ku baxa Afka-Soomaaliga. Af- Soomaali wac 612-255-8860.
- Peb lub koom haum HOME Line muaj neeg txhais lus Hmoob. Hais lus Hmoob, Hu 612-255-7104.
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. Visit HOME Line’s website for more information. Click here.
In some cases, direct financial support may not be available. Visit LawHelpMN to get information about evictions.
Minnesota Attorney General Consumer Protection Division
If the matter is related to a utility, contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division:
- Minnesota Attorney General’s Customer Complaint website
- Help with a consumer problem, such as unsatisfactory service, bill disputes, mortgage servicing or foreclosure issues, utility shutoffs or other concerns that an individual would like the Attorney General’s Office to contact on their behalf should be filed at Online Consumer Assistance Request Form.
- To submit complaints by mail or anonymously, download the printable Consumer Assistance Request Form or Fraud Report Form.
- (651)296-3353 or (800)657-3787 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday
Reach Justice Minnesota
A project of the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, Reach Justice Minnesota is a series of initiatives that leverage technology and emergency staffing to help protect Minnesotans’ basic civil and human rights in the face of an unprecedented emergency and disaster. The Reach Justice Minnesota initiatives include:
Legal Kiosk Project: A statewide network of over 250 legal kiosks that are stationed in a variety of court, agency, non-profit, and other community locations. The legal kiosks will help Minnesotans who face technology access and transportation barriers to have a healthy and safe experience interacting with civil legal aid experts, as well as the administrative and court systems in which their cases will be proceeding. There are two types of legal kiosks:
- Model A Kiosks: The Model A Legal Kiosk is a public-facing kiosk that serves as a community access point to civil legal justice. These kiosks connect users to civil legal information, self-help services, and statewide civil legal aid intake. Model A kiosks can be found in a variety of locations and are an excellent option for Legal Aid Programs collaborating on access points.
- Model B Kiosks: The Model B Legal Kiosk is a Legal Aid Program-focused kiosk that serves as a virtual portal to the individual Legal Aid program managing the kiosk. Applicants and/or clients can be directed to Model B kiosks for tasks such as intake, meetings with their attorney, and appearing virtually as needed while represented by the Legal Aid Program. Model B kiosks are placed in locations with the ability to create a confidential space while the kiosk is in use.
Visit LegalKiosk.org for kiosk locations and to make a reservation.
Justice Buses: Mobile legal aid offices that will travel to rural areas and bring the ability to meet in person or obtain legal information so clients can stay close to home. Visit website to find out when the Justice Buses will be in a particular neighborhood.
LawHelpMN: A dynamic online portal containing fact sheets, booklets, videos, and other legal information to help Minnesotans solve legal problems, with translations in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. Reach Justice has supported new content to LawHelpMN.org.
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.
Make a plan
You might need to find a new place to live. Find help with shelter if you have no other place to stay by calling 2-1-1 or texting your zip code to 898-211. Begin thinking of moving expenses and finding places to keep any items you may need to store until you can find a place of your own.
Find stable housing
Visit HousingLink to search for affordable rental housing vacancies and waiting list openings in Minnesota.
DIRECTIONS FOR SEARCHING FOR EVICTION RESOURCES ON THE UNITED WAY 2-1-1 PUBLIC WEBSITE:
Find eviction resources by visiting the United Way 2-1-1 website and searching the database of agencies and programs available to residents of Minnesota. Be sure to read all the program details, especially eligibility, to find where to go, what to bring, and how to apply even if you can’t get in touch with the agency right away. Directions:
- Go to https://www.211unitedway.org/
- Scroll down to the Guided Search area:
- Click on Eviction Resources, then click on Homelessness Prevention Programs or any of the sub-categories listed
- Scroll to the top of the page in the Location search field, click on the down arrow next to Near and select Serving
- Enter your zip code residence
- Click on Search
- Search results will include programs that provide assistance to residents of the zip code you entered as your location
Call 2-1-1 for additional assistance or help and speak with a trained, certified Community Resource Specialist to help you sort through additional assistance that may be available. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours/7 days a week, is confidential, and supports all languages.
Dial: 2-1-1 or 800-543-7709 or 651-291-0211
Text: Your zip code to 898-211