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New COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program coming soon

Good news for those seeking rent relief: The new program will be available soon.

Ramsey County is partnering with the State of Minnesota on a new rental assistance program called COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance, which is operating under the banner of RentHelpMN. It will help eligible renters with overdue rent since April 2020, up to three months of upcoming rent at a time, and related utility payments. The program will be open for applications in the coming weeks. 

Eligible renters will include households that earned 80% or less of area median income in 2020 or in the most recent month. Landlords will be able to apply on behalf of their eligible tenants as well. Detailed guidance will be published on this webpage as it becomes available.  

Be sure to sign up for updates on the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program to receive email updates about when the program will open and how to apply. Please note: the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance eNews sign-up link doesn't work in Internet Explorer. Please use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox.

Watch the information sessions

Minnesota Housing hosted two information sessions about the program in March 2021, reviewing who is eligible and what expenses will be covered.

Watch the recorded webinar (PowerPoint slides coming soon). Spanish, Hmong and Somali webinar and PowerPoint slides translations will also be available on this webpage soon.

Get Ready to Apply

RentHelpMN will be available soon. Renters and landlords are encouraged to download checklists to find out what documents they'll need to be ready to apply when the program opens for applications.

Find the checklists on RentHelpMN's webpage.


Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 3:47 p.m.