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The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (Hennepin ERA 2) (RentHelpMN H2) works to help renters get the assistance they need to avoid utility shutoff or eviction. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (Hennepin ERA 2) program is administered by Minnesota Housing and the Counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, and the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
You may qualify if you can answer yes to the following questions.
Every household's situation is different, so the amount of assistance you may receive will be specific to your needs.
What Costs are Eligible?
You may request assistance back to March 13, 2020. Prior expenses are not eligible.
Eligible costs include: rent, manufactured home lot rent, rental of a manufactured home, utilities including electric, gas, power, heat, water, sewer, bulk fuel, internet, trash, eviction costs, fees charged by your landlord, hotel costs if the hotel is your residence, and other costs related to keeping you in your home.
Costs that are not eligible include: homeowner costs, homeowner utilities, landlord-paid utilities, landlord-paid property taxes, property insurance, phone, and renter insurance.
Depending on your circumstances, RentHelpMN H2 assistance may:
After you answer the prescreening questions, you must complete an application for assistance and provide documentation.
Please have all your information and documents ready to ensure faster processing of your application. An application will not begin the review process until all information has been received.
If you are requesting rental assistance, make sure the amount you request will be accepted by your landlord. If they challenge the amount, it can delay the processing of your application.
If you qualify for rent assistance, we will request approval from your landlord/property manager. If your landlord/property manager approves, we will send payments directly to them to bring your rent current and pay up to 3 months of forward rent. If the landlord does not accept the funds through the program, you may still be eligible to receive assistance directly to pay your rent.
If you qualify for utility assistance, we will work with your utility company(ies). If your utility company(ies) approve, we will send payments directly to them to bring your utilities current.
For more information call or text 211.
Assistance is provided on a fair and equal basis and the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (Hennepin ERA 2) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, familial status, gender identity, or sexual orientation in the provision of assistance.
The purpose of this notice is to enable you to make an informed decision about whether to give data about yourself. This information is being collected to facilitate the implementation of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, to effectively manage and evaluate the program’s effectiveness, to comply with reporting requirements to the United States Department of Treasury, and to efficiently administer future COVID-related housing assistance programs specifically authorized by the legislature or mandated by the federal government. You are not legally required to provide any of the requested data; however, if you do not provide the data, we may not be able to provide you with the services or resources you are requesting. Your data may be shared between the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, local jurisdictions implementing the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Anoka County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Washington County, the City of Minneapolis, the City of Saint Paul), the United States Department of Treasury, the program administrators and contractors, community agencies funded from state, federal, and local resources that help provide housing assistance, and the organization(s) identified as holding debt for which you are seeking assistance, and other parties the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency deems necessary. The data can also be shared upon court order or provided to the state or legislative auditor.
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Be sure to include your application number on your fax cover sheet
Please be prepared to upload copies of your documents in the Pre-Screening Checklist. It is important to check the legibility of your photos and/or scans otherwise it can delay your application. To process your application you must either have an active email account or an active phone number to receive notifications (provider text and data fees may apply). Funds are not guaranteed. If you need help with this application, please call or text 211. If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete the application due to a disability, please call or text 211.
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