COVID-19 emergency rent and utility bill assistance

April 29, 2021

If the pandemic has caused you hardship and you need help catching up on your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for Minnesota’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.

Apply now for RentHelpMN

To apply for RentHelpMN or find more information, visit or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In Minneapolis, you can apply through, 211 or one of these community partners:

  • Comunidades Latinos Unidos en Servico (CLUES)
    Assistance in Spanish
  • New American Development Center (NADC)
    Assistance in Somali, Oromo and Amharic
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

Government partners for RentHelpMN include the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, and the State of Minnesota.