Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance Now

Emergency rental assistance is now available for Saint Paul residents. Program funds help eligible renters with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. Qualifying renters are able to receive up to 15 months in total financial assistance.

 Don’t wait to apply for help! Renters who have applied for help through a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent through June 1, 2022. If you need help paying rent or utility bills, explore your options today.

There are multiple emergency rental assistance programs in MN right now: RentHelpMN, The Zero Balance Project, and the local Saint Paul/Ramsey County program.

Saint Paul and Ramsey County are coordinating with other programs to prevent duplicate payments of emergency rental assistance, which is required by federal guidelines.

Your application in the local Saint Paul/Ramsey County program will not be advanced if you or your landlord currently have an application that has been “submitted” in another program. Please see instructions below for checking your status in another program:

  • If you started an application in the State’s RentHelpMN, log into to RentHelpMN or call 211 to confirm your status in RentHelpMN. A status of “incomplete” means you have not submitted.
  • If your landlord submitted an application in Zero Balance Project on your behalf, you should have received an invitation to create an account in Neighborly; log into your Neighborly account and submit your materials as soon as possible.

Apply for Saint Paul – Ramsey County Rent Assistance Program

Field Navigators

These organizations are available to assist tenants with the application process and can answer questions about required documentation, program rules and requirements, and application status.

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servcio (CLUES) Rapid Response Hotline
Tel: 651-362-0162
Email: clues.cera@clues.systems

Hmong American Partnership (HAP)
Mai Nhia Lor, Program Manager
Tel: 651-304-6236
Email: mainhial@hmong.org

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
Heidi Jimenez
Tel: 651-447-5152
Email: Heidi@ledcmn.org

McLemore Holdings
Tel: 1-800-991-7036
Email: rapnavigation@gmail.com

Zero Balance Project
In the Zero Balance Project, landlords start and lead the application on behalf of their renters.
Email: zerobalanceproject@housinglink.org


Eviction Moratorium Update

A bill overturning Governor Walz’s executive orders preventing statewide rental housing evictions went into effect on June 30, 2021. This starts an off-ramp process from the COVID-19 eviction moratorium that will gradually take effect in the coming months.

Beginning October 12, landlords may file or proceed with an eviction action against a tenant who is eligible for rental assistance through a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program, but refuses to either apply for assistance; provide the needed information to the landlord for them to apply for assistance on the tenant’s behalf; or provide the landlord with proof of the tenant’s application for emergency rental assistance. Landlords must provide written notice of an eviction due to nonpayment of rent to the tenant at least 15 days prior to filing.

Don’t wait to apply for help! Renters who have applied for help through a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent through June 1, 2022. If you need help paying rent or utility bills, explore your options today.

Eviction Moratorium Off-Ramp Timeline

Eviction moratorium off-ramp timeline

The bill was signed into law on June 29, 2021. The law went into effect on June 30, 2021.

  • June 30, 2021 – Landlords can give notices of lease termination or nonrenewal of lease to households that have materially violated the lease (other than nonpayment of rent). Landlords can also begin the process of evicting tenants who are behind on rent, eligible for a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program, but refuse to apply or comply with the application process.
  • July 14, 2021 – Evictions can be filed for households that have materially violated their leases (other than nonpayment of rent).
  • August 13, 2021 – Landlords can terminate leases of renters who are behind on rent and are not eligible for a COVID-19 emergency assistance program.
  • September 12, 2021 – Landlords can file evictions against renters who are behind on rent and are not eligible for a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program.
  • October 12, 2021 – All restrictions on lease terminations and eviction actions are lifted except that landlords cannot file or proceed with an eviction action against a household that has a pending application with a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program.
  • June 1, 2022 – All restrictions on eviction actions are lifted.

Last Edited: August 6, 2021