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Applicants will need to provide documentation that they meet each of the eligibility criteria.

The applicant must provide documentation showing that he or she is renting a residential dwelling. This can be a lease agreement. If a lease agreement does not exist other documentation, such as letter from the landlord, utility bills in the applicant’s name for the rental unit, or bank statements/canceled checks showing a pattern of paying rent, can be provided. If the applicant is applying for assistance with back rent, then documentation on the amount of unpaid rent must also be provided.

Applicants must provide documentation of income for all adult household members. Income documentation can include but is not limited to pay stubs, unemployment award letter or most recently filed income tax return. Applicants must provide documentation showing the total household income for 2020 or current monthly household income.

Applicant must provide documentation showing that at least one household member is at risk of homelessness or housing instability. This can include notice of delinquency, notice of termination or eviction notice from a landlord, utility shut-off notice or written signed self-certification as documentation.

Applicants must provide documentation showing that they have been directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19.

If the applicant is applying for utility assistance, then documentation showing unpaid and/or current utilities expenses must be provided.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Keeping Families in their Homes

Even as the American economy continues its recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic, millions of Americans face deep rental debt and fear evictions and the loss of basic housing security. COVID-19 has exacerbated an affordable housing crisis that predated the pandemic and that has exacerbated deep disparities that threaten the strength of an economic recovery that must work for everyone.

To meet this need, the Emergency Rental Assistance program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. Two separate programs have been established: ERA1 provides up to $25 billion under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was enacted on December 27, 2020, and ERA2 provides up to $21.55 billion under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was enacted on March 11, 2021. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. territories, local governments, and (in the case of ERA1) Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.

View an index of all emergency rental assistance programs to find assistance near you.

Recent updates




  • FAQs: On August 25, 2021, FAQs were revised to provide further clarification on the use of self-attestation and to describe methods of speeding payments to eligible households.
  • Promising practices: On August 4, 2021, Treasury updated promising practices around eviction diversion including the addition of a maturity model and example self-attestation forms.
  • Reporting: All Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA1 and ERA2) Recipients have been notified of the requirement to submit Q2 partial reports via Treasury’s Portal by August 6, 2021.


  • FAQs: On June 24, 2021, Treasury updated its previously issued ERA FAQs to provide updates regarding ERA1 and ERA2 programs. All eligible entities should review these FAQs, which provide important information regarding the ERA.

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RentHelpMN is now open for applications. Visit for complete program information. Eligible renters who owe past due rent are invited to apply at this time.

I need rental assistance 

I'm looking for affordable rental housing

  • Visit HousingLink to search by map, city or county for rental properties listed in both the Twin Cities metro and Greater Minnesota. Listings include apartment, house, duplex, townhome and condo rentals.
  • Visit Housing Benefits 101, a website built by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to learn about housing options across the state.
  • Visit Disability HUB MN if you are looking for housing resources for people with disabilities.

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Other helpful resources:

  • United Way’s 211 provides free and confidential health and human service information for people in Minnesota, including connections to local housing services where available.
  • Free legal help and resources for renters are available at
  • For tenant and landlord disputes, visit the Attorney General’s website.
  • can help you find community services including housing, healthcare, childcare, job training, disability, services for seniors,  and other social service information.
  • ApplyMN can connect you with state and county services to help meet basic needs including cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, child care assistance and emergency assistance.
  • Information for workers including unemployment insurance and job seeking assistance can be found on the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s website.


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Federal help with paying your rent

Yes, your local program may offer help with utility or energy costs alone. This includes help paying for future utility or energy bills, even if you owe money for existing or overdue bills.

Utilities and home energy costs include electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal, and fuel oil. If your landlord is responsible for paying utilities and home energy costs, these will be treated as rent.

Local programs are allowed to cover moving expenses, security deposits, rental application or screening fees, and motel or hotel bills for families who have to move out of their homes.

Local programs are also allowed to use some emergency rental assistance funds to help you with other expenses related to your housing, such as reasonable late fees, as well as costs for internet service that allows you to engage in distance learning, telework, telemedicine, and getting government services. For providers to cover it, you must provide a bill, invoice, or other evidence that shows you paid for the service.

Check with your local program to find out how they can help


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