New COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program

The purpose of the program is to help prevent evictions and homelessness and maintain housing stability for renters and homeowners. Metro Cities policies support state funding assistance to support stability and encourages cities to share this information with the local community.

For complete details on who is eligible to apply and what costs are covered by the program, visit www.211unitedway.org. Interested applicants may also call 211 (Toll Free: 1.800.543.7709; Local: 651.291.0211) or text “MNRENT” to 898-211 to learn more. The 211 Helpline has multilingual staff available to answer questions about the program 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

To qualify, households must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Income at or below 300% of federal poverty guidelines, with a preference for those at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
  • Have an eligible expense that was incurred after March 1, 2020 that is past due. Housing assistance funds can only be used for eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.
  • Be unable to make one or more payments owed because of the public health emergency due to unemployment, illness, or another COVID-19 related issue.

Local administrators who applied and have been selected to help administer the program will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households.

The program covers past due expenses such as rent and mortgage payments, contract for deed payments, manufactured home park lot rents and payments, utility payments, and homeowner association fees.