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RentHelpMN Field Partners 2022

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a household seeking rental assistance, please visit our RentHelpMN webpage to learn more. The following information is ONLY for applicants to the RentHelpMN Field Partners 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP).

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Minnesota Housing is seeking proposals from potential Field Partners who will assist Minnesota renters in engaging with the RentHelpMN COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Work will include assisting with the application process, communicating about the program, and engaging with communities who are likely to need assistance. Field Partners may receive a maximum of $100,000 (for individual organizations) or $200,000 (for organizations applying as a collaborative) for work to be completed between the six-month period of January 2022 – June 2022. The total amount to be awarded to all organizations will not exceed $2 million.
 
Field Partners must be willing to receive referrals from 211 and work with Minnesota Housing’s contracted processing entity. Existing contracted Field Partners are prioritized in the application process, but this opportunity is open to all eligible organizations.
 
Eligible applicants will have demonstrated experience working with populations that are least likely to know about and/or are unable to independently apply for RentHelpMN COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance funding. Eligible applicants can be any of the following:
  • Existing RentHelpMN Field Partners 
  • Nonprofit/community-based organizations
  • Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) grantees or subgrantees 
  • COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program administrators 
  • Federally recognized tribes in Minnesota 
  • State judicial districts that have onsite help centers, services centers or other resources for households dealing with housing crises 
  • Local units of government (cities, counties, PHAs, HRAs) that operate as a central resource for housing assistance and will have staff perform this work in the field, such as in homes, businesses, and/or community centers
Organizations that are led by People of Color, Indigenous individuals, and/or women or organizations that are structured with staffing to meet the needs of households that otherwise may not learn or know about the program will receive additional points in the application process.
 
The geographic service area of the administrator must include one or more of the following, at a minimum:
  • The entire state of Minnesota
  • One or more Continuum of Care (CoC) regions
  • One or more Community Action Program (CAP) regions
  • One or more metro counties
  • One or more judicial districts
  • One or more Minnesota Indian reservations/communities
  • Cities over 85,000 people including the cities of Minneapolis, St Paul, Rochester, Bloomington and Duluth

A scope of work must be included regarding the services that will be provided. Required activities include: 

  • Provide staff support for households to prepare and submit an application for assistance
  • Accept referrals from the RentHelpMN call center and case management partners to provide application assistance and maintain communication with all applicable entities 
  • Provide culturally specific application assistance, as appropriate 
  • Provide a language plan, including translation services
  • Provide multiple communication options to engage and communicate with applicants, including text, telephone, email, mail, and in person as needed

Information Session and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Minnesota Housing held an RFP information session for those interested in applying for funds on November 22, 2021. Watch the webinar and view the PowerPoint slides.

View the final FAQs that include all questions that were asked through Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Application Materials

Application Process

Applications are due on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. CT. Applications must be submitted using the Cvent online tool. To complete the application and receive additional submission directions for all required documents, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/r8q84r/3B.

Application Timeline

This application is anticipated to follow the timeline below.
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021: RFP released
  • Monday, November 22, 2021: RFP webinar at 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021: RFP applications due by 4:30 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021: Award letters issued
  • Monday, December 20, 2021: Due Diligence webinar
  • Friday, January 7, 2022: Due Diligence materials due
  • January 2022: Contracts begin

NOTE: This timeline is for illustration purposes only and is subject to change at Minnesota Housing's sole discretion.

Contact

Jessica Deegan, Director of Federal Affairs, CERA.MHFA@state.mn.us