RENTER SUPPORT FUND
Minneapolis Renters' Coalition
This Renter Fund seeks to aid cost-burdened renters in a low-barrier way. Our goal is to prevent housing insecurity and displacement.
The Renter Support Fund application is closed until further notice.
The Renter Support Fund will open again in 2022 once we secure additional funding. Click here to make a donation. At this time, we haven't yet determined when the next application period will be. To receive notifications by email when the application re-opens, sign up for our email list here.
Questions? Contact Julia at 612-446-4661 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Preguntas en español? Contactar a Nicole a 612-400-6300 | email@example.com
The Renter Support Fund is operated by the Minneapolis Renters' Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community.
Check out highlights from our 2021 Renter's Support Fund Report!
335 Renters Funded
98% of recipients reported improvements after receiving funding.
WHO DO WE FUND?
We fund renter households in Minneapolis who are spending more than third of their income on housing costs. Funds are distributed based on a lottery system. You must be a Minneapolis resident to receive support.
In 2021, we received over 1500 applications and served 332 renter households.
46% of our applicants spend more than 70% of their monthly income on rent
40% of the households we funded in 2021 had experienced homelessness
Almost 90% of the recipients are people of color, and nearly 60% identify as Black or African American
How much money can I get, and when?
In 2021, the fund supported 25 new renters every month, including over 30 additional renters throughout the year depending on the availability of funds. Selected applicants received $300 a month for 3 months ($900 total).
Accepted applicants are notified within 2 business days of the application close date and, if randomly selected, will receive payment by the 5th of the month via check or PayPal.
What can I use this money for?
There are no restrictions on how recipients spend the money. Possible uses could go toward utilities or rent payments, legal fees, household needs, or making ends meet.
Staff will also work to connect you with one of our referral partners to support professional development, food access, health and wellness, and other services, whether you're selected for funding or not.
Do I have to pay back the fund?
No! However, we often have opportunities for renters to share their story or help advocate for change. We sometimes call on our applicants for support in these areas.
How to apply
NOTE: As of December 2021, our application is closed until further notice. The following was our 2021 application process and is subject to change as we establish our program guidelines for 2022.
Applications are only accepted between the 15th-20th of each month and can be submitted online. If you cannot complete your application online, please call 612-446-4661 and someone will assist you with your application. For Spanish, call or text 612-400-6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants are asked to provide a good-faith demonstration of need. In order to make this as easy for renters as possible, we are flexible in what that looks like. Some common examples include:
Documentation of some kind of assistance or benefit program
Hennepin County denial letter for emergency assistance
Outstanding bill or invoice
Letter from a landlord
Other documents that demonstrate your circumstances as a cost-burdened renter
All data collected will remain anonymous and be de-identified. None of your personal information will be shared with anyone outside the fund administrator. Data and demographic information will be managed by the fund administrator, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, only and will remain in fund administrator’s possession for up to 7 years.
In 2021, the Renter Support Fund was funded through the City of Minneapolis Housing Stabilization Pilot Program.
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