Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance

Apply for Funding

Minnesota Housing announces the availability of up to $23,000,000 in Housing Trust Fund (HTF) funding to provide tenant-based rental assistance to persons who have experienced homelessness, prioritizing those with the greatest barriers to housing stability. Included in this amount is a one-time funding opportunity of up to $250,000 for housing navigation services that is available only to applicants selected to receive HTF funding. The program goal is to help participants achieve housing stability and transition to permanent, sustainable housing opportunities.

Current HTF administrators, and new applicants proposing to serve an unserved region of the state, are eligible to apply for funding. Priority will be given to existing HTF administrators proposing to expand their current service area to address unmet need.

Minnesota Housing will hold a request for proposals (RFP) information session from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 via GoToWebinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar. The information session will provide an overview of RFP content and allow time for questions.

Application Materials

New Applicants Only

Application Process

Upload application materials to the online Multifamily Secure Upload Tool  no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT on Friday, May 17, 2019 in order to be considered for funding. Upload required documents in the original format; do not convert the documents into PDF or other formats except for the signature page of the application and the Affirmative Action Certification. Use the following naming convention: HTF_Applicant_DocumentName. Review the Upload Tool Instructions  for more information.

Program Administration

For rental assistance funding, there are three options: tenant-based, sponsor-based, and project-based rental assistance. Housing Trust Fund rental assistance is intended to be temporary in nature and to provide assistance through an Administrator to an individual household or through the owner of an Agency-financed development approved to receive project-based rental assistance.

Housing Trust Fund Program and Ending Long-Term Homelessness Initiative Fund Rental Assistance Program Guide

Income Verification Forms

Long Term Homelessness Verification Forms

Program Qualification and Administrative Forms

Leasing Forms

Housing Quality Standards

Administrator Created

Items listed below are to be created to meet your specific program criteria.

  • Program Policies & Procedures including:
    • Tenant selection process
    • Waiting List Procedures
    • Transition plan goals
    • Annual income and interim re-certification processes
    • Unit inspection procedures
    • Security Deposit Policy
    • Termination process
    • Program Application Form
    • Tenant Letter of Understanding Form
    • Property Inspection Form
    • Lead Paint Information Sheet and Brochure
Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Rental Assistance - Site-based and Tenant-based programs.


Elaine Vollbrecht, 651.296.9953