Resources for Renters
In a city where 46% of all renters are cost burdened (spending more than 1/3 of their income on rent), we know how important it is to have resources to support renters, especially during a pandemic. Below are a list of resources for a variety of issues facing renters. We hope something below can help you or a neighbor!
Emergency or Assistance Funds
These are ongoing funding sources that may be able to provide financial assistance to low-income renters.
Minneapolis Renter Coalition Renter Support Fund - Application is open 9/25-9/29 to apply for three months of assistance.
Hennepin County Emergency Assistance - many other programs require that you try Hennepin County first, so we recommend you apply as soon as possible
Align Emergency Rental Assistance - Minneapolis Residents, need denial from Hennepin County
Cradle of Hope - emergency assistance for brand new mothers (pregnant - child under 4 months old)
Salvation Army - funding for households with children, first come first serve
Mutual Aid Networks - try FB groups or places like Women For Political Change, Black Visions Transformation Fund, Twin Cities DSA (see list below)
Bridges Rental Assistance For low-income people with mental illness
These programs can support utilities cost, which can often be a difficulty for renters who are cost-burdened.
Community Action Partnership - Energy and Water Utility Assistance
Department of Commerce Energy Assistance Program
Finding Housing you can Afford
These agencies can help you get on ongoing housing assistance or voucher programs or help you access affordable housing
Housing & Urban Development Section 8 info
Hennepin County Coordinated Entry - for those currently homeless
HousingLink Apartment Search
These resources can help you if you have a legal question or need a lawyer
Mid MN Legal Aid - free legal counsel to low-income renters, particularly to people who are facing eviction
Legal Rights Center - free legal support for low-income people
Volunteer Lawyers Network - Free support for low-income people (civil matters only)
Online legal assistance - free online legal counsel for low-income people
Lawyer Referral - for those that don’t qualify for low-income services. 30 min for $30
HOMELine - free legal advice for renters from lawyers who are experts in renters’ rights
If you need immediate shelter, try one of these resources
Youth Link - for young people ages 16-23
Adult Shelter Connect - Call 612.248.2350 to find shelter for adults without children
Family Shelter Connect - call 612-348-9410. On holidays, weekends, and evenings until 11 p.m., call 211 (mobile: 651-291-0211) and ask for the after-hours shelter team.
Tubman - shelter and support for people who have experienced domestic violence or abuse
To brush up on your rights as a renter and do your own research, these resources have a lot of info
To organize with your fellow renters, this info may be helpful
Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia Organizing tools and resources
This is a list of mutual aid funds that may be able to help financially as well
Leveler Peer-To-Peer Wealth Redistribution - Rolling deadline, National fund for people affected by COVID-19
COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Trans Folks - Rolling deadline, National fund for trans people affected by COVID-19
Art Leaders of Color Emergency Fund - Rolling deadline, National fund for BIPOC artists and administrators