Rental assistance

We offer monthly rental help for families experiencing homelessness.


This program provides:

  • Up to three years of rental assistance with a one-year program transition.
  • Help finding appropriate housing within the bus zone of the child's school.
  • Support services from the YMCA. The YMCA tailors services to:
    • Meet the needs of families
    • Help with long-term housing stability
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Who can apply

The student must:

This program is not available for students in a:

  • Charter school
  • Private school

Student families must:

  • Have a household income at or below 30% of area median
  • Be referred into the program by a school social worker

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How to apply

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  • Talk to your school social worker.
  • School social workers make program referrals.

We decide on referrals by:

  • Academic needs
  • Family's housing history
  • Availability of school referral openings

Immigration status

Immigration documentation status does not affect a family’s eligibility.

Public housing waiting lists

Program participants will stay on Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) waiting lists for:

  • Public housing
  • Housing choice vouchers

Eligible schools

  • Anishinabe Academy
  • Bancroft Elementary
  • Bethune Arts
  • Bryn Mawr Elementary
  • Cityview Elementary
  • Ella Baker Global Studies and Humanities
  • Emerson Dual Language*
  • Folwell Elementary
  • Green Central Dual Language
  • Hall STEM Academy
  • Hmong International Academy
  • Jenny Lind Elementary
  • Lake Nokomis (Keewaydin & Wenonah)*
  • Las Estrellas Dual Language
  • Loring Elementary*
  • Lucy Craft Laney Elementary
  • Lyndale Elementary*
  • Marcy Arts
  • Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary
  • Pillsbury Elementary
  • Seward Montessori*
  • Sullivan STEAM
  • Webster Elementary
  • Whittier Elementary

*Schools added for the 2023-2024 school year.

Definition of homelessness

Nighttime residence

This program defines homelessness as children and youth who lack a nighttime residence that is:

  • Fixed
  • Regular
  • Adequate


This includes children and youth living in the following situations:

  • Shelters or transitional housing programs
  • Motels, hotels or weekly rate housing
  • Double up with friends or relatives because family cannot find or afford housing
  • Abandoned buildings, public space, car or other inadequate accommodation

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

This definition comes from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001.

The McKinney-Vento act requires schools to remove barriers to:

  • Enrollment
  • Attendance
  • Success for students experiencing homelessness

See the Minnesota Department of Education

More support programs

If you or someone you know needs housing help, contact:

The City of Minneapolis offers other support for renters. See Renters

Contact us

Jamie Radel

Community Planning & Economic Development




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55401