Displaced Families - Rent Assistance

Displaced families; resources for food, clothing, financial, medication

Emergency housing assistance from Hennepin County: People who live in Hennepin County who have been financially harmed by COVID-19 may qualify for emergency assistance to help with rent and other housing costs. Find out more and apply online.


Families in need of emergency housing support:

  • The Red Cross is coordinating emergency shelter for those who are temporarily displaced due to the recent events: 612.871.7676; press extension 1.
  • Families experiencing a housing crisis not related to the recent events can contact the Hennepin County shelter team: 612.348.9410.


State executive order suspending evictions extended; rental assistance available through Hennepin County: The governor's latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until October 12. This suspension will allow households to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant's obligation to pay rent. While the eviction moratorium continues, housing providers can evict a tenant when the tenant violates a lease by endangering the safety of others, engaging in certain illegal activities, or significantly damaging property. Evictions can also proceed if the homeowner or their family member needs to move into the premises or if a writ of recovery was issued prior to March 24 at 5 p.m.

Emergency rental assistance: Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/rent-help and find more information here:


COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program opens to help with housing expenses

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program has opened to cover housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related costs. This program will help keep folks in their homes and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners in communities across the state.

People in Minnesota interested in applying for assistance can call the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 Resource Helpline at 651-291-0211, visiting 211unitedway.org or texting “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211. The 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For questions regarding the application process, check the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program frequently asked questions


For food, clothing, financial or medication assistance, the City of Minneapolis has a list of resources for residents who need help.

If you need help accessing additional resources, contact your Whittier school social worker, or call the MPS Mental Health Support Hotline at 612.767.4158.