RENTER SUPPORT FUND
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
The Renter Support Fund seeks to improve housing stability by providing direct rental assistance to cost-burdened Minneapolis renters.
The application for January rent assistance will open at 12pm on Monday, December 5, and close at 12pm on Monday, December 12.
Who Can Apply?
Renters are eligible to apply if they:
are 18 or older
live in Minneapolis,
spend 30% or more of their income on housing costs, and
have not received Renter Support Fund funding that calendar year
How Much Money?
Selected applicants will receive $900 in rental assistance. Renters can choose either three monthly payments of $300 or a one-time payment of $900. Renters can choose to receive payments via PayPal or a mailed check.
How Can I Spend It?
There are no restrictions on how selected renters can spend the money. Renters are not required to document or report how they spend the money, and renters are not required to repay the funds.
Who Do You Fund?
We select applicants each month through a randomized lottery. Certain funding sources can only go to renters from a specific neighborhood. In that case, we randomly select applicants who live within that geographic area.
In 2022, the Renter Support Fund supported 52 renters over five months, including 32 renters who were funded by the Longfellow Community Council. In 2023, PPNA will fund 4 renters for the month of January (application opens December 5). We will re-open the program later in the year as funds become available.
What's The Timeline?
The application opens the first Monday of the month at 12pm and closes on the second Monday of the month at 12pm.
Within 2 business days of the application close date, we notify applicants whether they've been selected. Renters have 10 business days to submit necessary paperwork, and PPNA issues payments by the fourth Monday of the month. Our hope is that renters receive funds in time to pay rent for the subsequent month.
Who Funds It?
The Renter Support Fund is sustained by gifts, donations, and grants from a variety of partners. In 2022, we received funds from the Longfellow Community Council to support 32 Longfellow renters. You can support the Renter Support Fund too! Donate today!
How to apply
Apply for the program through the online application form. The application opens at 12pm on the first Monday of the month and closes at 12pm on the second Monday of the month.**
If you cannot apply online, please call or text Julia at 612-446-4661 for assistance.
Once you are selected, we will ask you to provide 3 documents, including a document that demonstrates housing cost burden (meaning you spend 30% or more of your income on housing costs). Examples include:
Current SNAP, Social Security, or Medical Assistance benefits letter
Hennepin County denial letter for assistance
Outstanding bill or invoice
Letter or notice from the landlord
Other documents that demonstrate your circumstances
** In 2022, the online application will be open on the following dates.
July 4-11, August 1-8, September 5-12, October 3-10, November 7-14, December 5-12
“The renter support fund helped me to catch up and maintain my current housing situation and allowed me room to begin exploring options to become a small business owner!"
“Helped me catch up on bills I was behind on due to testing COVID positive and the birth of my baby.”
“It helped me stay afloat.”
“This was a life saver for my family. I lost my job and my fiancé lost her job 2 weeks after, both without unemployment options...and now we both got back on our feet with this rent support!”
WHAT RENTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Check out highlights from our 2021 Renter's Support Fund Report!
335 Renters Funded
98% of recipients reported improvements after receiving funding.