Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance

The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Rental Assistance Program provides temporary rental assistance, housing related expenses such as application fees and security deposits, in partnership with supportive services for High Priority Homeless (HPH) families and individuals referred through the local Coordinated Entry (CE) System. Rental assistance is provided in partnership with services to help participants achieve housing stability and transition to permanent sustainable housing opportunities.

Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance Program Guide

Apply for Funding

Minnesota Housing is now accepting applications for the HTF Rental Assistance Program Request for Proposals (RFP). The HTF Program provides temporary rental assistance, housing related expenses such as application fees and security deposits, in partnership with supportive services for High Priority Homeless (HPH) families and individuals prioritized for permanent supportive housing by the local Coordinated Entry (CE) system.

Minnesota Housing anticipates awarding up to $26.5 million in grant funds for Tenant-Based and Sponsor-Based Rental Assistance programs for the grant term of October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2023. Included in this amount is up to a total of $500,000 as a one-time funding opportunity for Housing Navigation services. Housing Navigation funding is available only to applicants selected for funding of Tenant-Based Rental Assistance programs.

If additional funds become available before selections are made, Minnesota Housing may award those added funds through this RFP.

Information Session and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Minnesota Housing held an RFP information session for those interested in applying for HTF funds on May 4, 2021. Watch the webinar and view the PowerPoint slides.

View the FAQs that include questions that were asked during and since the webinar. Minnesota Housing will continue to accept questions pertaining to the application until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The answers to those questions will be added to the original FAQs and will be posted by Friday, May 21, 2021.

Application Materials

Application Process

The application, along with its signature page, the Program Budget, the draft MOU with Partnering Service Provider(s), the current local Payment Standards, and the Affirmative Action Certification form must be submitted via Cvent.

Applicant financial documentation as specified in the RFP Application Instructions must be uploaded to the Multifamily Secure Upload Tool. Using the online tool, send items to mhfa.app@state.mn.us. Review the Upload Tool Instructions for more information.

All documents must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to be considered for funding. NOTE: The application form above is for reference only; please complete the actual application in Cvent.

Contact

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 and 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.

Contact

mhfa.rental-assistance@state.mn.us