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 is operated by the Minneapolis Renters' Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community.
The application is open the 15-20th of each month, opening and closing at noon.
It takes about 10 minutes to apply and 25 applicants are selected randomly each month. You can also add yourself to our email list to receive reminders and updates about our fund.
Questions? Contact Julia - 612446-4661 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Preguntas en español? Contactar a Nicole - 612-400-6300 | email@example.com
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 2020, we received over 400 applications and served 169 renter households. The number of applications continues to grow each month.
40% of our applicants spend upwards of 80% of their monthly income on rent
More than half of the households we funded in 2020 had experienced homelessness
Over 90% of the recipients are people of color, and over 60% identify as Black or African American
How much money can I get, and when?
The fund supports 25 new renters every month. Selected applicants will receive $300 a month for 3 months ($900 total).
Accepted applications will be 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
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.
The Renter Support Fund is funded through the City of Minneapolis Housing Stabilization Pilot Program.
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