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Get help with your rent, mortgage and more

The Minnesota COVID-19 Housing Assistance application is open.

The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners.

Eligible Expenses

If needed to maintain housing security, avoid displacement, and are past their due date, eligible expenses may include:

  • Rent payments

  • Mortgage payments (including escrowed property taxes and insurance in the case of foreclosure prevention)*

  • Contract for deed payments

  • Manufactured home park lot rents

  • Manufactured home payments

  • Utility payments

  • Homeowners Association fees

  • Homeowners insurance

  • Additional housing related costs approved by Minnesota Housing

* For mortgages covered under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), homeowners are required to contact their mortgage servicer to obtain a special forbearance, a loan modification, and/or set up a repayment plan. 

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for housing assistance, households must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • Be a Minnesota resident.

  • Be a renter or homeowner with an income at or below 300% of federal poverty guidelines, with a preference for those at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines. To see if your income qualifies, please see the FY 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  • Have an eligible expense that was incurred after March 1, 2020 that is past due. Housing assistance funds can only be used for eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.

  • Be unable to make the payment(s) owed because of the public health emergency due to unemployment, illness, or another COVID-19 related issue.

If you currently receive rental assistance that adjusts with income (i.e. Housing Choice voucher, project-based assistance, or another form of state or federal rental assistance), you are generally not eligible to apply for rental assistance in the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program. You may still apply for assistance with eligible utility expenses.

How To Apply



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