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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Field Partners

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a household seeking rental assistance, please visit our COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program webpage to learn more. The following information is ONLY for program field partners.

Apply for Funding

The Request for Proposals has closed. The application materials on this page are for reference only. We will add new information shortly.

The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (Minnesota Housing) has received approximately $290 million of funding to create and operate the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program which may be used for rent, utilities and home energy costs. Eligible applicants include renter households with incomes no more than 80 percent of area median income and have experienced financial hardship through the COVID-19 outbreak and can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Landlords may apply to the program with the consent of the tenant. Minnesota Housing is establishing a centralized intake and application system for households and landlords to submit online or paper applications to request assistance with rent and/or utilities.

Minnesota Housing is now accepting applications to assist the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program. Up to $5 million of funding is anticipated to be available for community-based organizations, Tribal governments, and local governments or a network of organizations to create awareness of this program; implement community outreach and engagement that connects with households that might not learn about or have access to learn about this program; and, to assist applicants to submit complete applications to the central application system.

Eligible applicants will have demonstrated experience working with populations that are least likely to know about and/or able to independently apply for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance funding:

  • 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 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 (Minneapolis, St Paul, Rochester, Bloomington, and Duluth)

Application Materials

Application Process

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 25. Applications must be submitted using the online tool. 

Information Session and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

An informational webinar about the Request for Proposals and application process was held on Monday, February 22 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Watch the recording, view the slides, and read the FAQs.

Timeline

The anticipated timeline is:
  • Thursday, February 18: RFP released
  • Monday, February 22: RFP information webinar at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25: RFP applications due by 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10: Award letters issued
  • Thursday, March 11: Due diligence webinar
  • Wednesday, March 17: Due diligence materials due
  • Thursday, March 18: Contracts begin
    NOTE: This anticipated timeline is for illustration purposes and is subject to change.

Contact

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