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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Robinson

A Lifeline for Minneapolis Renters

Updated: May 30

The Essential Role of the Renter Support Fund

In the heart of Minneapolis, the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) has consistently stood as a pillar of support and advocacy for our vibrant community. Among our many impactful initiatives, the Renter Support Fund (RSF) is a beacon of hope for renters facing economic hardship. Since its launch in 2019, the RSF has been a crucial resource, providing financial relief to those struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

The Renter Support Fund is designed to offer low-barrier, randomized lottery-based cash grants to renters in Minneapolis. These grants help cover rent and essential expenses, providing much-needed relief and stability to households in crisis.

Since its inception, the RSF has funded 514 renters, benefiting 698 adults and 528 children. This support is not just financial; it offers a lifeline to those at risk of losing their homes, giving them time to breathe and plan their next steps.

One of the most compelling aspects of the RSF is its focus on equity. An overwhelming 66% of funded renters are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), with a significant majority being women caregivers. This demographic focus ensures that the most vulnerable members of our community receive the support they need.

The Impact of Your Support

The RSF has made a tangible difference in the lives of many Minneapolis renters. According to a survey of recipients, 93% reported improvements after receiving funds in 2023, using the money to pay rent, clear past-due bills, or cover other essential expenses. A poignant example of this impact is the case of a 2022 renter who shared:

“[The Renter Support Fund] helped me in a time where all I was hearing was ‘no.’ It gave me some time. Thank you!”

However, the demand for this essential service has only grown. In 2023, the RSF saw a 33% increase in applications, but due to a 50% drop in available funding, only 2.3% of applicants were selected. This stark statistic underscores the urgent need for increased funding to meet the rising demand.

Why We Need Your Help

The sustainability of the RSF depends heavily on community support. With sufficient funding, we can extend this lifeline to more renters in need. Consider this: $900 can make a significant difference, as evidenced by the fact that 44% of renters who received funds in 2023 reported that they were no longer afraid of losing their housing.

The testimonials from recipients highlight the profound impact of the RSF. Another 2022 renter expressed their gratitude by stating: 

“[This program] puts me in a position to make arrangements for rent and with the Renter Support Fund I will be caught up very soon...this fund helped me tremendously and I'm so appreciative for the program. Thanks again.”

These stories are not just anecdotes; they are powerful reminders of the difference this program makes.

If you are a renter in need of, we encourage you to learn more about the Renter Support Fund by visiting our RSF information page. Below, you will find detailed information about the application process and eligibility criteria.

How You Can Make a Difference

Your donation to the RSF campaign is a direct investment in the stability and well-being of our community. By contributing, you help ensure that more renters can stay in their homes, avoiding the devastating consequences of eviction and homelessness.

Every dollar counts and goes a long way in providing the financial support that our neighbors desperately need. Your generosity can change lives, providing security and hope to those in our community who need it most.

The Renter Support Fund is more than just a financial assistance program

It is a testament to the power of community and the profound impact of collective support. By donating to the RSF, you are helping to uphold the dignity and stability of renters in Minneapolis. Together, we can ensure that our neighbors have the support they need to thrive, even in the face of adversity.

Join us in this critical mission. Donate to the Renter Support Fund today and be a part of the solution. Your support can make all the difference.

Editor: Ren Koo



Jun 17

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