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NEW South Central MN Multi-County HRA Section 8 Voucher Waitlist is Open
South Central MN Multi-County HRA has Section 8 Rental Assistance Vouchers available for individuals and families that live, work or attend school in the HRA service area of Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan counties. Individual and families currently in shelters and/or are couch hopping are encouraged to apply. Printable Applications are available on our website at www.scmmchra.org, you can also call the HRA office at 507-345-1977 ex. 1, and paper applications are available at the HRA office located at 422 Belgrade Avenue, Suite 102, North Mankato, MN. Beginning in early 2023, all applications must be submitted online (except for reasonable accommodations) and information will be found on the website when this change is effective. South Central Minnesota Multi County HRA (scmmchra.org).
NEW Fargo, North Dakota - Housing Choice Voucher Wait List Opening
Fargo Housing is announcing that the Housing Choice Voucher Wait list, also known as Section 8, will be opening on Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. The wait list will remain open until further notice. For more information: Wait List Announcement.pub (mcusercontent.com).
Launch of the Veteran Temporary Emergency Housing Voucher Program (VTEMP)
The Minnesota Department Veteran Affairs (MDVA) has announced this reimbursement program, which is available to all Community Service Providers who are working with Veterans and Former Service Members and their households who are actively experiencing homeless in your community. The VTEMP Program will be administered statewide.
The VTEMP program provides retroactive reimbursements to community service providers who agree to fund temporary non-congregate housing units, such as hotel rooms, to eligible Veterans or former service members and their households. For more information or questions, please email: Allison.Kier@state.mn.us and visit Department of Veterans Affairs / Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs - State of Minnesota (mn.gov).
Moorhead Public Housing Agency Openings for 1BR & 2BR at Sharp View
One and Two Bedrooms - Sharp View (designated for age 62+). Sharp View is a two story, 47-unit apartment building located at 920 5th Ave South in Moorhead. This is a very desirable location near a grocery store, post office, library and public transit.
Sharp View is designated for seniors (age 62+). However, MPHA policy allows it to go down to age 50 if no one 62+ is on the wait list for the unit. The current waiting list is low and MPHA is taking applications. Applications for the above programs are available for pick up at: 800 2nd Ave N in Moorhead. They are to your right in the front entry way as you enter the building. People can also print off the application online and send it in to their office. The website link to access the application is HERE. If people are unable to pick up the application or access it online, they can make arrangements to send one out via US Mail. Their phone number is 218-299-5458.
Clare Housing Accepting Applications for Family 2BR & 3BR
Clare Housing is now accepting family applications for the soon-to-open Bloom Lake Flats building These units are 2 and 3 bedrooms for people living with HIV. Contact Amber Poppe, Intake Coordinator, Amber.Poppe@clarehousing.org or 612-248-2970, Bloom Lake Flats | Clare Housing.
Clare Housing Home Care Openings
Clare Housing is accepting home care applications for current and upcoming units for people living with HIV. CADI waiver is required. At the soon-to-open Bloom Lake Flats building, the Home Care units are 55+, other buildings are not 55+. Contact Amber Poppe, Intake Coordinator, Amber.Poppe@clarehousing.org or 612-248-2970.
Afghan Housing Stability Program
This is a new housing stability program targeted at newly arrived (since summer 2021) Afghans. The program can serve anyone living in the 7-county Metro. The Afghan Housing Stability Program (AHSP) is a two-year program federally funded through ORR (via the Afghan Supplemental Appropriations Act), a congressional allocation specific to Afghan arrivals. CAPI USA is the contracted service provider for the AHSP (CAPI: Feeding, Employing, Training Refugees (capiusa.org)). For more information or referrals, contact Leila Hussain, CAPI USA, 612-721-0122.
Community Sharing Fund (CSF)
Up to $1,000 for rents, deposits and mortgages, but $750 for utilities and other requests. Nonprofit organizations assisting residents in Dakota, Ramsey or Washington counties can apply for a grant from the Community Sharing Fund through their online grant portal. ONLY PROFESSIONALS CAN APPLY ON BEHALF OF FAMILIES. Community Sharing Fund Grant | Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation (spmcf.org). In order for Community Sharing Fund (CSF) to assist with a back utility bill, they need to have received a disconnection notice and if the family DID receive a disconnection notice, they have to apply for Emergency assistance first to see if they are eligible for their assistance before applying to CSF.
Mounds View School District Community - Community Support Center
Mounds View School District Community has help for rent and deposits. CSC works with residents of New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview, or Arden Hills to prevent homelessness, solve financial crises and provide long-term relationships. Call Karen Meyer at 651-387-8050.
Neighborhood House, St. Paul
Neighborhood House has funds available to assist those in Ramsey County with rents, deposits, and utilities. (They are working through a backlog. If working with Neighborhood House other providers should know that they are primarily using FHPAP and CSF funds). They are still able to help individuals experiencing homelessness with hotel/motel stays (up to 7 nights and the situation must be resolvable) and bus or fuel cards. All calls for assistance should go through our Service Connect # 651-789-3602. Housing Stability - Neighborhood House.
New Veterans Homes in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston
MN Department of Veterans Affairs is building three new State Veterans Homes in the communities of Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston. Construction began in fall 2021; they anticipate all three locations will open in the summer of 2023. Resident admission applications are being accepted. Click here for answers to the questions they've heard the most during community visits. Future Homes / Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs - State of Minnesota (mn.gov).
Hennepin County residents: Emergency rent assistance | Hennepin County
The Aliveness Project
The Aliveness Project Rapid Rehousing Program is for people living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness. The Rapid Rehousing Program offers short-term assistance in finding and keeping stable housing. Member Services - The Aliveness Project.
Agate Housing and Services (aka St. Stephen's Human Services/House of Charity)
Agate’s Rainbow Rapid ReHousing for LGBTQ+ families experiencing homelessness (provides assistance and services including 3 - 6 months of rental assistance based on income; landlord support; housing search assistance; LGBTQ+ resources assistance; and help with application fees). A referral from Coordinated Entry is not required. I need housing - Agate Housing + Services (agatemn.org).
Hope House in Stillwater - HIV Care Home
Hope House of St. Croix Valley has a opening in their HIV Care Home. See more information about HIV Care Homes in a previous newsletter: Housing Info Newsletter: HIV Care Homes.
Align Minneapolis Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Align Minneapolis is an interfaith collaboration of 17 Minneapolis churches, synagogues, and mosques and people with lived experiences working together to address homelessness and poverty. Emergency Rental Assistance — Align MPLS. They have also received a grant to assist indigenous people living in Minneapolis. Contact Chelsea at Align for more information.
NorthPoint Housing Support
NorthPoint helps families with barriers to finding or securing stable housing. Our team stands ready to help find emergency housing support for the community. (Families with children and living in zip codes 55411 or 55412 at risk for eviction or unstable housing). For housing assistance, please contact our Housing Hotline at 612-767-9198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. NorthPlace Housing Supports | NorthPoint Health and Wellness
Minneapolis Stable Homes Stable Schools
This program assists families with children in 18 elementary schools, through school social workers. For more information about Stable Homes Stable Schools, visit Stable Homes Stable Schools – Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (mphaonline.org).
Solid Ground – Ramsey or Washington County
The Solid Ground ESG Homework Starts with Home grant can help find re-housing assistance or provide rent assistance (up to 2 months of rent for folks in Ramsey or Washington County). For families needing emergency support - they provide rehousing assistance for families who are doubled up and homeless and pay up to 12 months for the family. At risk of homelessness (living with family or friends, currently in a hotel/motel, fleeing domestic violence, etc.).
Cities Housing Authority Waiting List Openings
Rental Homes for Future Home Buyers
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
Workforce Housing Apartments (Gateway Place, West St. Paul)
Public Housing: Disabled
Public Housing: Near Elderly (Age 50-61)
Public Housing: Senior (Age 62+)
South St Paul HRA
Public Housing: Seniors
Duluth HRA Section 8 Waiting List
Provides rental assistance in the city of Duluth or Southern St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties: Section 8 Rental Assistance | Duluth Housing
Minnesota HRA and PHA List
Note: Other Housing Authorities or Public Housing Agencies around the state may have open waiting lists or occasionally open their waiting list. Some have Public Housing buildings, some have Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher programs and some have both. You can check with the HRA/PHA in your area: Housing Authorities on the Web: Minnesota | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Some HRAs do not have a website, so you may need to call them for information. Here is a complete list of HRAs in MN and the programs they have: HA Profiles List (hud.gov)
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Saint Paul Homeownership Preservation Program (SPHPP)
SPHPP still has funds available to help struggling local homeowners with future housing costs. Eligible Saint Paul homeowners can receive grants for direct mortgage assistance or other associated costs. SPHPP will provide foreclosure prevention advising to city homeowners and limited financial assistance under certain circumstances. The maximum amount available to any household through SPHPP is $35,000. The program is accepting applications from St. Paul homeowners at: St Paul Homeownership Preservation Program - HOCMN or call 651-236-8952.
The cap on assistance was increased to $50,000 per household. (The prior limit was $35,000).
There is no longer a time restriction on past-due expenses. (Previously, expenses had to be incurred after January 21, 2020).
For applications being processed, the new criteria from August 2022 will be used and no additional action is needed. Applicants who were previously denied but are still in need of assistance and meet eligibility criteria may request their case be reopened by calling 800.388.3226.
Applications for HomeHelpMN will be accepted as long as there are funds available in the program. Apply for HomeHelpMN Now
Minneapolis Down Payment Assistance
The City of Minneapolis offers a down payment assistance program with up to $10,000 for homebuyers purchasing in the City of Minneapolis. The loan has 0% interest and no payments for 30 years. To apply for the Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis program, contact one of the program administrators:
BuildWealth MN: email@example.com
NeighborWorks Home Partners: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about eligibility for city homebuyer assistance on the city website.
Washington County Crisis Assistance Relief for Homeownership Program (CARH)
Washington County Offers Covid-19 Assistance Relief for Homeowners (caprw.org).
Dakota Homeownership Preservation Program (DHPP)
This program will provide foreclosure prevention advising and limited financial assistance. To determine if you are eligible, visit the DHPP page, where you can use their eligibility tool and start the application process.
Ramsey County Homeownership Preservation Program
RCHPP assists homeowners at 80% area median income (AMI) or below in suburban Ramsey County (excluding the city of St. Paul) with past due housing payments due to COVID-19 related financial issues. Eligible payments include mortgage, homeownership association (HOA) dues, water bills, homeowner’s insurance, and property taxes. Expenses must have occurred after January 23, 2020. Ramsey County Homeownership Preservation Program - NeighborWorks Home Partners (nwhomepartners.org).
Minnesota Homeownership Center
Homeowner resources: Homeowners - HOCMN
Guide To Foreclosure Prevention (hocmn.org)
Homeowners who need immediate assistance should contact your loan servicer or a foreclosure prevention counselor here. Foreclosure counseling is available for Minnesota homeowners free of charge.
Thank you Kim Lieberman for these wonderful resources!!