General housing resources for Hennepin County residents:
Financial resources for Hennepin renters and landlords:
- Hennepin County financial assistance link: https://www.hennepin.us/
- For assistance in completing a financial application: see the list of Culturally Specific Grantees below:
CSG Grantee List
On behalf of Hennepin County, Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc. (CMRS) has awarded sub-grants (totaling $240,000) to 15 Culturally-Specific community organizations to implement the County’s efforts to do housing navigation and outreach to those constituent communities and residents. The CSG Housing Navigation and Outreach project aims to enable County residents who would otherwise have difficulties in accessing resources, to benefit from Federal CARES Covid-19 housing relief dollars. To qualify for the CARES Covid housing relief assistance, residents must have lost income as a direct impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic. CSG sub-grantees and award amounts are listed below as:
Power of People Leadership Institute (POP)
Richard McLemore, II
P.O Box 40297, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Northwest Hennepin Family Service Collaborative (NWHFSC)
11200 93rd Avenue N,
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Lao Center of Minnesota
Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director
1015 4th Ave North, Suite 202
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
Hmong American Mediation Center
Nhia Vue Chu
C/O:1292 Park Street, Saint Paul, MN 55117
1600 East Lake Street, Suite # 1, Minneapolis,
New American Development Center
Asad Aliweyd, Executive Director
2614 Nicollet Ave South, Suite # 207
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC)
Martine Smaller, Executive Director
1303 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phumulani Minnesota African Women Against Violence
12310 Singletree Lane Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Amount awarded: $20,000
The Aliveness Project
Matt Boston, Executive Director
3808 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
African Career Education & Resources, Inc.
Nelima Sitati Munene, Executive Director
6800 78th Avenue N Suite 101, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(We will do 300 flyers in English, 150 in Hmong, 150 in Somali and 200 in Spanish for ACER-we prefer to receive electronic copies)
Award: $18, 000
Dawn Wambeke, Executive Director
5930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
The Anika Foundation
3900 Thomas Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM)
Kamaty Diahn, Executive Director
7001 78th Ave N STE 200, Minneapolis, MN 55445
Johanna Osman Executive Director
Sakan Community Resource
8201 Park Avenue S, Bloomington, MN 55420
(Sakan 500 in Somali)
Award: $ 14,000
Director Scaiido Shaie
1806 Riverside Ave, Suite #3 Minneapolis, MN 55454
For more information contact [email protected]
- Non Hennepin households: housinghelpmn.org
Legal Assistance/Explanations of the Eviction Moratorium:
Minnesota. What is the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program?
The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. Local administrators will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households.
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 dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To receive financial assistance and mediation assistance select Community Mediation Minnesota as your program administrator.
Housing Resources for Hennepin County landlords and tenants
If you missed our recent webinar on resources, you can find the following links which will provide you with the information from the recent session.
I’m having trouble paying my mortgage and/or homeowner association dues.
Some homeowners have the option of mortgage forbearance. This pauses your mortgage payment for a limited time. It does not erase what you owe. Instead, those payments will be tagged on to the end of your mortgage. Video on Mortgage Forebearance –
The Minnesota Homeownership Center can help you find a certified foreclosure prevention counseling agency in your area.
The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency will begin accepting applications for mortgage assistance the week of August 25th. More info here.
I am/my tenant is having trouble paying my rent and/or utilities.
There are new financial resources available for Hennepin residents who are behind on rent and/or utilities. You are encouraged to submit and application NOW. You do not need an eviction summons to apply. (Check back here if you need help with your application or call United Way at 211.)
- IF your income has decreased due to the pandemic, and you do not use a housing voucher, apply for:
- Or Minnesota COVID Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) here
What does an eviction moratorium mean?
An eviction moratorium means rent is due but your landlord cannot file an eviction until the moratorium is lifted. We encourage you to try and remain current on your rent and keep lines of communication open with your landlord.
When will the eviction moratorium lift?
There are two moratoria. Most rental households are covered under the moratorium declared by Governor Walz. Currently, it is to expire on October 12th unless extended again by the Governor. Previously, announcements regarding extensions have been made with little notice. And, effective August 4th, landlords must provide a 7-day notice to tenants prior to filing an eviction.
What if an eviction was filed prior to the moratorium?
These will be the first cases scheduled for court hearings. Landlords and tenants are encouraged to work something out before your rescheduled Court hearing. You will receive a new eviction summons with special instructions on Covid-19 Housing Court practices.
If I receive an evictions summons do I need to go to Housing Court?
Landlords and tenants are encouraged to work things out prior to their court date. If you need help working things out with your landlord, mediators can help you with those conversations. Due to the backlog and social distancing measures, it will take longer than usual to get a court date. Also, Housing Court has made arrangements to allow landlords and tenants to participate in person or remotely.
Where do I go for my Housing Court hearing?
Due to Covid-19, Housing Court is encouraging landlords and tenants to participate remotely but also allowing in-person attendance. It’s your choice. You can call in to your hearing or log in to a video conference. Your summons will have the contact information for remote and in-person participation.
I need help working out a plan or other agreement with my landlord/with my tenant.
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc (CMRS) helps you start a conversation and, when you’re ready, work out a plan. Mediators are available at no charge to help you work out agreements and put them into writing. CMRS mediators can also help you identify resources for legal assistance, emergency financial resources, and alternate housing. To learn more about mediation, call 763.561.0173. These conversations are taking place over the phone and through video conferencing.
Conflict Resolution Center provides free mediation services to help renters and landlords talk with each other to resolve housing conflicts. Call: 612 822 9883 or submit a mediation request online at www.crcminnesota.org
I need help understanding my rights as a tenant
- Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid provides legal advice to low-income Minneapolis renters. Information and resources for all Minneapolis renters is available at www.mylegalaid.org or call: 612-334-5970. Legal Aid attorneys are also available at Housing Court.
- HOME Line provides free and confidential legal advice to all Minneapolis renters. Individual tenant questions can be directed to HOME Line. HOME Line’s tenant hotline, free & confidential legal advice: 612-728-5767 or email your question to HOME Line a housing attorney. www.homelinemn.org.
- LawHelpMN.org is a great website that contains legal information in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
Xcel Energy announced it will indefinitely suspend service disconnections and waive late fees when associated with COVID-19 challenges. Call 1-800-895-4999 for more information. CenterPoint Energy is doing the same for gas. Call 1-800-245-2377. USI Wireless is providing free internet access throughout the City of Minneapolis. Comcast has also expanded access to internet, waiving late fees, and providing free hot spots.
I am a Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) resident or have a Housing Choice Voucher
If you are an MPHA resident or Housing Choice Voucher holder, it is important to report any drop in income right away. MPHA advises households to immediately report any loss of income to their eligibility technician, so that rent can be lowered accordingly and promptly. You can also use MPHA’s online forms:
More information is available on MPHA’s website here: https://MPHAOnline.org/COVID19
I need help finding a place to live:
- If currently without housing, call 612-348-4111
- If relocating, try housinglink.org for a listing of available rentals
I need help accessing my Federal Economic Impact Payment and/or filing taxes
Prepare + Prosper works with people with low- to moderate-incomes to build financial well-being through free tax preparation and financial services, coaching, and products. Currently, they are offering remote support in filing returns for taxes and stimulus payments.
For more information, visit www.prepareandprosper.org. For tax help or general questions, contact 651-287-0187.
CAPI is providing assistance in multiple languages for households seeking assistance with basic needs. Call 612-767-3670.
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