Bridges Rental Assistance

The Bridges Rental Assistance Program provides housing assistance for people with very low incomes and a mental illness while they wait for a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) or another rental subsidy. Eligible uses for Bridges funding include temporary rental assistance payments and security deposits paid directly to the landlords on behalf of qualified participants.

Apply for Funding

Minnesota Housing, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is now accepting applications for the Bridges and Bridges Regional Treatment Center (RTC) Rental Assistance Programs Request for Proposals (RFP). The programs provide rental assistance for people having very low incomes and a mental illness who are waiting for a housing choice voucher (HCV) or another rental subsidy.
Minnesota Housing anticipates up to $9,700,000 in grant funds the Bridges and Bridges Regional Treatment Center (RTC) programs for the biennium period of July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023. The available funding may be adjusted and is contingent on the amount awarded from the Minnesota Legislature and our funding partner. Applications are due no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Application Materials

Application Process

Upload application materials to the Multifamily Secure Upload Tool no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT on Friday, March 19, 2021 in order to be considered for funding. Using the online tool, send items to Upload required documents in their original format; do not convert the documents into PDF or other formats except for the signature page of the application. Review the Upload Tool Instructions for more information.

Priority Population Requirement and Eligibility Criteria

Bridges is designed to help people with high needs by providing a housing subsidy that is linked with community mental health services. Administrators must prioritize the following populations with top priority given to people living in an institution or other segregated setting who will be homeless when discharged. These priorities must be included in the housing agency's waiting list selection plan.

  1. People living in an institution or other segregated setting who will be homeless when discharged.
  2. People experiencing homelessness who are in need of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). This is determined by an approved assessment tool and referred by Coordinated Entry (CE).
  3. People who are experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness.

If you meet the priority population requirement above, the basis for Bridges eligibility is:

  1. The head of household or other household member must be 18 years of age or over and have a diagnosed Mental Illness as defined in Minn. Stat. 245.462, subd. 20 (a), and that is verified using the Verification of Mental Illness (Form 4 in Program Qualification and Administrative Forms section below).
  2. The household is eligible to receive an HCV or can become eligible based on successful participation in the Bridges program.
  3. The household's gross income at the time of initial eligibility is at or below 50 percent of the area median income for the household size.

Program Contact Information


Program Qualification and Administrative Forms for Providers

People wishing to apply for Bridges housing assistance should contact one of their local Bridges Program Contacts.

Leasing Forms

Participant Briefing Materials

Grantee Resources

  • Information on Application Scoring - Use these Power Point slides to help you plan, design and collaborate with your service providers and partners to submit a competitive application for Bridges or Bridges RTC funding resources when funding becomes available. (The 2020-2021 funding cycle is currently closed and we are no longer accepting applications.)