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Renter's Resources

 

NEW Mental Health Resources (MHR) Mainstream Voucher Wait List Lottery
Opens May 21, 2024, at 9:00 am CT until 4:00 pm on May 23, 2024. MHR’s Mainstream HVP for People with Disabilities is a federally funded Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for low-income singles and families with disabilities.  Applicants must meet all HUD income and eligibility requirements. Proof of a disabling condition is required as the primary eligibility component. Local preference is given for applicants who live or work in Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota Counties. 1,000 applicants will be selected for the wait list. Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program for People with Disabilities (Section 8) Waiting List 


NEW Scott County CDA Waiting Lists Open May 23, 2024


NEW HUD List of Multifamily Vacancies (April 2024)
This is a list of HUD Multifamily vacancies as of April 14. You will need to contact each property to ask about their application process and eligibility. April 24 Vacancy Report HUD Multfamily Housing units with subisdy MN.xlsx - Google Sheets.


MDVA new Veterans Homes
The MN Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has three new Veterans Homes: MDVA Blog / Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs - State of Minnesota (mn.gov).

  • The Preston Veterans Home admitted its first residents in January. The facility has 54 beds to serve southeastern Minnesota.

  • The Montevideo Veterans Home opened in January with 72 beds to serve western Minnesota.

  • The Bemidji Veterans Home held its open house on March 10. Its 72 beds will serve northwestern Minnesota.

  • See all Veterans Homes in MN here: Veterans Homes / Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs - State of Minnesota (mn.gov).

Nicols Pointe, 55+ Affordable Housing in Eagan is Accepting Applications
Nicols Pointe is a new development in Eagan that is opening in the summer of 2024. Nicols Pointe - Dakota County Community Development Agency (dakotacda.org).

Single Room Occupancy (SRO)
The Metro Inn and 925 Studios (formerly University Inn) Single Room Occupancy (SRO). Hotels to housing: new tenants moving in (hennepin.us)

  • The HCHRA finalized sales in fall 2023 to Agate Housing and Services and Property Solutions and Services.

  • Together, the former motels will create a total of 83 affordable housing units affordable to people making 30% of the area median income (AMI). Units will rent between $425-$550 per month.


Tribal Housing
Contact a tribe to learn what kind of housing help is available to its members.


The Aliveness Project - Housing Programs

  • Rapid-ReHousing Program: RRH program for high-priority homeless individuals coming through the Coordinated Entry System. The program will provide a deep subsidy and housing case management for up to 60 HIV+, low-income individuals coming out of homelessness. This program is transitional in nature (2 years per client).
     

  • Hennepin County Housing Support (GRH) program: GRH-HWS-I programming for up to 20 HIV+ individuals in Hennepin County. Clients must be unstably housed, disabled (PSN), and very low income. (The HWS-I stands for “Housing with Services – Independent”. Clients do not need to come through Coordinated Entry for this program).
     

  • Ramsey County Housing Support (GRH) program: in partnership with Mental Health Resources to provide up to 10 slots for HIV+ persons who wish to live in Ramsey County.  Clients must be unstably housed, disabled (PSN), and very low income.
     

  • HOPWA Scattered Site Program: HOPWA rental subsidies and housing case management to HIV+ individuals and families who are income-eligible. This is permanent, affordable housing for up to 20 households (individuals & families). These HOPWA Formula funds can serve people in the 7-County Metro Area.
     

  • DHS-EOE-Transitional Housing: Up to 20 households (individuals & families) with a transitional rental assistance and case management as they search for permanent, affordable housing in the community.

  • Housing Navigators on site who can work with eligible households in applying for affordable housing options in the community.  
     

  • Staff will do coordinated entry assessments within Hennepin County. 
     

  • State Opioid Response funding to assist clients with substance abuse disorders with housing navigation and with financial help with past rent/utilities owed and with security deposits.   

The only way to access these services/programs is for clients to show up in person during Housing Walk-In Hours. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month from 10 am - 12 pm; 1 pm - 3 pm. Housing is not guaranteed. (No appointments are made, clients must simply drop in to access an assessment for housing services. Case managers, family members, and other advocates can join the applicant at Housing Walk-In Hours.  No exceptions to this referral process will be made at this time). See more information at Housing Support - The Aliveness Project.

  
RentHelpMN - Targeted Assistance
RentHelpMN's Targeted Assistance is an addition to Minnesota Housing's Housing Stability Services (HSS) program. It is an emergency rental assistance program for Minnesota renters receiving Housing Stability Services (HSS) from designated HSS Providers and who would benefit from direct financial support to cover rent arrears, future rent, utilities, and other rental housing expenses due to or during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Homeowners are not eligible for RentHelpMN – Targeted Assistance funds). This is a referral-based system, referred through 18 HSS partners contracted by Minnesota Housing. RentHelpMN (mnhousing.gov).

  • Please note: the Housing Stability Services program is NOT the same HSS program as the DHS Housing Stabilization Services.

  • The HSS-TA providers are Al Maa'uum, Aliveness Project, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Community Mediation Minnesota, CLUES, Institute for Community Alliances, Isuroon, Lutheran Social Services, Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, Mid-MN Legal Assistance, MN One Stop for Communities, People Incorporated, PRISM, Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, United Community Action Partnership, West Center Minnesota Communities Action, Women's Advocates, Inc. This program is only by referral from these agencies; households cannot apply directly.


USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Rental Properties
This website lists USDA RD-funded properties (Note: this was last updated in 2015 and does not show vacancies). MFH Rentals (USDA RD) County Selections

HUD Resource Locator
This website shows HUD sites geographically. Zoom in to the area you are interested in to see the locations of sites. This site does not show vacancies. HUD Map of all subsidized housing, moderate-income housing, and public housing authorities
There is also a user guide available: User Manual (hud.gov).

HUD Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Website
PIH is responsible for HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Native American programs. This website has no listings, but it has useful program information about Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other resources. Public and Indian Housing | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Stable Homes Stable Schools Program - for Minneapolis Public Schools Students
This fund provides emergency assistance to families at risk of losing their homes in all 43 Minneapolis Public School district elementary schools. Stable Homes Stable Schools offers two types of rental assistance:


Housing Benefits 101 Places - A Listing of Housing with Services
HB101 Places helps you find housing vacancies that have services or that make it easy to bring services in. It currently includes Adult Foster Care/CRSBoard and LodgeAssisted Living, and site-based Supportive Housing programs throughout Minnesota. All vacancies are authorized to accept Housing Support (GRH) payments. Some programs allow people to pay privately if they're not eligible for Housing Support or have another way to pay for their housing costs. Use filters to find places that meet your needs. When you find a place that interests you, contact them. HB101 Minnesota - HB101 Places.

  • The Housing Benefits 101 website has many valuable resources. Be sure to check out the website HB101 Minnesota.
     

  • Disability Hub MN is a free statewide resource network that helps you solve problems, navigate the system, and plan for your future. Disability Hub MN - Home


HousingLink - Listings for Affordable Rental Vacancies and Waiting-list Openings

  • Check on HousingLink for listings and other resources. Search for affordable rental housing vacancies and waiting list openings anywhere in Minnesota. You can filter by location, specific amenities, bedroom size, or subsidy program.

  • Streams - HousingLink’s database of publicly-funded affordable rental property in Minnesota. Streams is a searchable database of publicly-funded (subsidized) rental housing in Minnesota. The intent is to maintain an unduplicated list of properties (and units), where a property will include all known associated addresses. Streams (housinglink.org)


Minnesota Association of Sober Homes Directory
The primary mission of the Minnesota Association of Sober Homes, Inc. (MASH), is to promote the establishment, successful management and growth of high quality community-based sober-living residences. Minnesota Association of Sober Homes (mnsoberhomes.org).

Hope House of St. Croix Valley
Hope House is a 245D licensed adult foster care facility in historic Stillwater, MN. The home is a blend of both shared communal and private spaces. It is located in a beautifully restored Victorian home designed with the residents in mind, providing compassionate care to residents. See their website, hopehousescv.org, or contact Corhea Givens at 651-351-0907 for more information. Eligibility requirements:

  • Anyone experiencing life-changing health challenges, regardless of county of residency.
     

  • Must qualify for Minnesota’s Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) waiver.


Agate Housing and Services Rainbow Rapid ReHousing
Currently accepting clients for households with at least one adult and one child under 18, experiencing homelessness, and with someone in the home who identifies as LGBTQ+. Agate’s Rainbow Rapid ReHousing for LGBTQ+ families experiencing homelessness provides assistance and services (including six 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. Contact Zora at zora.robinson@agatemn.org or by phone at 612-695-4717.

St. Paul PHA Multifamily Housing Waiting List
The St. Paul Public Housing Agency waitlist for Multifamily Housing with 0/1, 2, 3, 4, and 5-bedroom apartments remains open. The Multifamily Housing program provides apartments with reduced rent (based on income) to low-income households. Applications will be sorted by the date and time received. Applications are available online 24 hours a day: www.stpha.org


Fargo, North Dakota - Housing Choice Voucher Wait List Opening
Fargo Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist, also known as Section 8, opened on 12/15/2022. The waitlist will remain open until further notice. For more information, visit the Wait List Announcement (mcusercontent.com).

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 program manager Razia Hashemi, CAPI USA, razia.hashemi@capiusa.org, or 612-721-0122. 


Community Sharing Fund (CSF)
Up to $1,000 for rent, 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). For Community Sharing Fund (CSF) to assist with a back utility bill, they need to have received a disconnection notice. 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.

Neighborhood House, St. Paul
Neighborhood House has funds available to assist those in Ramsey County with rent, deposits, and utilities. (They are working through a backlog. If working with Neighborhood House, other providers should know that they primarily use FHPAP and CSF funds). They can still 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.

Veteran Temporary Emergency Housing Voucher Program (VTEMP)
MN Department Veteran Affairs (MDVA) reimbursement program is available to all Community Service Providers working with veterans and former service members and their households actively experiencing homelessness in your community. The VTEMP Program is administered statewide (veterans eligible regardless of discharge or deployment status).

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, email allison.kier@state.mn.us and visit the Department of Veterans Affairs (mn.gov).
 

VASH Vouchers
The VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) voucher program is for homeless veterans. It pairs Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance with case management and supportive services. The rental assistance is provided by a housing authority, and the supportive services are offered through the local VA. HousingLink - VASH Vouchers.


Hennepin County
Hennepin County residents: Emergency rent assistance | Hennepin County

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 living in zip codes 55411 or 55412 are at risk for eviction or unstable housing). For housing assistance, please get in touch with our Housing Hotline at 612-767-9198 or email housing@npimn.orgNorthPlace Housing Supports | Northpoint Health and Wellness

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 aid to 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.).

HousingLink – Housing Authority Waiting List Openings 
Sign up to receive notices of open waiting lists for the Twin Cities Area Housing Authorities (for Public Housing and Section 8 Vouchers): HousingLink - Twin Cities Housing Authority Waiting List Openings. Currently listed open waiting lists:
 

Dakota CDA
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
Senior Housing
Workforce Housing Apartments (Gateway Place, West St. Paul)

MHR
Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program for People with Disabilities (Section 8) Waiting List (May 21, 2024 at 9:00 am - May 23, 2024 at 4:00 pm.

Minneapolis PHA
Public Housing: Disabled
Public Housing: Near Elderly (Age 50-61)
Public Housing: Senior (Age 62+)

Scott County CDA
2, 3, 4, 5 BR Project Based Waiting List (May 23rd, until further notice)
1 BR Prior Manor Wait List (Preferences for age 62+ and disabled. May 23rd, until further notice)

South St Paul HRA
Public Housing: Seniors

St Paul PHA
Multifamily 0 - 5 BR


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.

Homeowner Resources

Ramsey County Critical Repair Grant Program for Homeowners
Ramsey County, in partnership with Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (CAPRW), is offering $5,000 grants to homeowners in need of critical repairs. The Critical Repair Grant Program provides eligible owners of single-family homes in Suburban Ramsey County grants for health, safety and code repairs. Single-family homeowners must be 80% Area Median Income or below to qualify. For more information call 651-603-5935 or email chrp@caprw.org.

 

Minnesota Homeownership Center 
Minnesota Homeownership Center FirstGenDPA.org Pilot

  • The FirstGenDPA.org website is the official home for information on the First-Generation Homebuyers Community Down Payment Assistance Fund. Learn more at FirstGenDPA.org. This statewide 3-year pilot is planning to launch between April and June 2024.

  • A recording of the Training Session for Realtors®, held on March 27, is now available. You can access it on the For Lenders and Realtors page. This webpage includes Q&A information about the FirstGenDPA program.

Note: This program is separate from Minnesota Housing's First Generation Program (not yet available).

 

Homebuyer Education Workshops 
See a list of in-person and live virtual homebuyer education workshops on the MN Homeownership Center website. For Homebuyers - Minnesota Homeownership Center (hocmn.org)


Homeowner Resources: Homeowners - HOCMN

 

Hennepin County Downpayment Assistance Program
Homebuyers can now qualify for assistance to make a down payment on their first home in Hennepin County. In collaboration with Hennepin County, NeighborWorks Home Partners launched a down payment assistance program for residents buying homes in Hennepin County. This program started on March 4, and is estimated to be available through 2025. The Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HCHRA) created and designed the Homebuyer Assistance Program to reduce racial disparities in homeownership. As the program administrator, NeighborWorks Home Partners will provide down payment financing to assist buyers interested in purchasing a home to have as their principal place of residence in Hennepin County. Hennepin County HRA Homebuyer Assistance Program - NeighborWorks Home Partners (nwhomepartners.org).

The Advancing Black Homeownership Program Pilot - Habitat for Humanity 
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity launched a new program to increase Black homeownership across the Twin Cities. They have the intention of focusing their work around those most impacted by racist housing systems. The Advancing Black Homeownership Program will work to help the community by dismantling the barriers of systemic bias and narrowing racial disparities in housing.  The program works to recognize the unique and specific policies and practices that have disadvantaged the African heritage community that has limited access to homeownership. Advancing Black Homeownership (tchabitat.org).

See their website for many useful resources, including various homeownership, mortgage and financial coaching programs, as well as guides and videos.


Habitat for Humanity Minnesota
59 Minnesota counties are served by 24 local Habitat offices. Home - Habitat for Humanity Minnesota (habitatminnesota.org)

 
HUD HCV Homeownership Dashboard
HUD has recently created a dashboard to help PHAs and stakeholders track Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership program participation. They also have a HCV Homeownership handbook, and other resources to help PHAs start or expand an HCV Homeownership program. Homeownership - HUD | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

DPA One for Housing Professionals
DPA One is a free online resource to help you quickly find, understand and match down payment assistance (DPA) programs for borrowers. Powered by Freddie Mac, the DPA One provider network is growing to build a centralized resource to host municipal, local and state down payment assistance programs under one powerful platform. DPA One includes state-level HFA programs. including municipal and local programs in Minnesota. DPA One® - Freddie Mac Single-Family


Pathways to Success
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity partnership with Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) and Twin Cities R!SE. Dubbed Pathways to Success, the partnership will provide an additional way to increase homeownership rates and close the racial homeownership gap in Minnesota. Learn more at Habitat's New Partnership to Provide Pathways to Success (tchabitat.org).

Habitat for Humanity Go-To Guide for First-Time Homebuyers
Download the Complete Guide to Becoming a First-Time Homebuyer (tchabitat.org)

FHA Launches New Resources to Remove Language Barriers for Borrowers 
The Federal Housing Administration recently launched a new Language Access Resources page, which includes over thirty single-family mortgage documents and related resources used in the origination and servicing of FHA-insured mortgages. These documents are now available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

Saint Paul Rondo Inheritance Fund 
The Inheritance Fund is an innovative and people-centered program that affords low-income families from Saint Paul’s historic Rondo Neighborhood the opportunity to rebuild wealth through homeownership. Learn more at Inheritance Fund | Saint Paul Minnesota (stpaul.gov).

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. Learn about eligibility for city homebuyer assistance on the city website.

See the Minneapolis Homes website for other city programs for homeowners and developers: Minneapolis Homes - City of Minneapolis (minneapolismn.gov).

Washington County Crisis Assistance Relief for Homeownership Program (CARH) 
Washington County Offers COVID-19 Assistance Relief for Homeowners (caprw.org).

Ramsey County’s FirstHome
The FirstHome homebuyer assistance program will now assist both low-to-moderate income first-time homebuyers and first-generation homebuyers looking to call suburban Ramsey County home. Ramsey County expands guidelines for homebuyer assistance program | Ramsey County.

  • Note: There are first-generation homebuyer programs in various local communities with similar initiatives in place, including Edina, Woodbury, St. Louis Park, and Ramsey County. 

Updated 5/17/2024 - Thank you Kim Lieberman & Rainbow Health for these wonderful resources!!

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