Also known as the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program, is now accepting applications.

What is RentHelpMN?

Created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or fear that could happen. RentHelpMN is currently in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

What does RentHelpMN offer?

Eligible Minnesota renters can receive help with past due rent back to March 13, 2020. Qualifying Minnesotans could receive up to 15 months of total assistance.

  • Rent Payments: Past-due rent since March 13, 2020 (April 1st rent) and upcoming rent, three months at a time
  • Utility Payments: Gas, electric, water/sewer, garbage/recycling and other utilities as approved
  • Additional Housing Related Costs: Varies, but may include fees charged by your landlord or eviction-related costs

RentHelpMN is currently working with renters who owe back rent. Those who owe back rent and meet the eligibility requirements may apply for all offered assistance.


Visit RentHelpMN.org or call 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 RentHelpMN Hotline has dedicated multi-lingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN and is available 8 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday

  • Call:    Dial 2-1-1 or 800-543-7709
  • Local:  651-291-0211
  • Text:   MNRENT to 898-211

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