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Program: Financial Assistance - Individuals and Families

Agency: Coronavirus 2020

Resource Number: 67357809

Belle Plaine COVID-19 CARES Act Funding

Residents can receive up to $3,000 to help with past due rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. Loan applications will be accepted until funds are gone. Apply Online

Carver County CARES Housing Stability Program
Assists residents of Carver Counrty with an annual household income at or below 115% of the area median income for their household size ($118,000 for a familt of 4) that have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program can help with rent, mortgage and utility payments. Apply Online. Call Carver County Community Develoment Agency (952)556-2779 with questions.

Dakota County COVID-19 CARES Act Funding
Help is available for qualified Dakota County residents who are unable to pay rent and utility costs due to COVID-19 related income loss. The assistance may be used to pay current and past due rent and utilities including gas, electric and water.
The following criteria is used to determine eligibility for eviction prevention assistance:
  • Dakota County resident
  • Households whose gross income is below 300 percent of federal poverty guidelines
  • Household experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 that is impacting housing stability, including employment loss or delay or reduced employment hours between Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – present
  • Landlord/utility/agency confirmation of funds due
  • Resident demonstrates an inability to pay 
  • Apply Online
Hennepin County COVID-19 CARES Act Funding
Emergency rental assistance and other housing costs assistance are available for Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County residents. Visit website to apply. There is no deadline to apply.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Rent housing in Hennepin County
  • Have household income below 50% of the area median income (about $46,550 for a household of three) before COVID-19
  • Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance
  • Can’t afford housing costs this month
  • Are not receiving Section 8 or other ongoing rental assistance
  • Priority will be given to households with the lowest incomes and those that are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance. Households with enough income to pay housing costs are not eligible.
 Individuals who need help applying can call (612)302-3160.

​Households that appear eligible will be contacted by a service provider to complete the application process, including collecting verification information.
Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing
4/27/2020 APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED. Applicants will be notified in approximately 2 weeks about receiving the funds. Eligible applicants will be part of a random drawing to determine who receives the funds.
  •  Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHA) provides payments to help low income residents who have lost income due to the crisis. Amount of assistance provided will depend on the individual needs of the household, taking into consideration other resources the household is eligible to receive. In most cases, the maximum amount of assistance will not exceed $1,500 per household, but providers will have the flexibility to provide up to $2,000 for larger households living in units with three or more bedrooms. Eligible expenses include:
    • Rent payments (late rent and rent due within 15 days)
    • Utility payments
    • Other housing stability related costs
  • Stable Homes Stable Schools Emergency Expansion (SHSS) initiative for rental housing. Amount of assistance provided will depend on the individual needs of the household, taking into consideration other resources the household is eligible to receive. In most cases, the maximum amount of assistance will not exceed $1,500 per household, but up to $2,000 will be available under extraordinary circumstances. Eligible expenses include:
    • Rent payments (late rent and rent due within 15 days)
    • Utility payments
    • Other housing stability related costs
Payments will be made directly to the rental property owner and/or utility company.

  • Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHA): Eligible families will:
    • Reside in Minneapolis
    • Have incomes of 30% AMI or below
    • Have experienced a significant loss of income (from self-employed or any other source) due to the COVID-19 emergency
    • Households are eligible irrespective of immigration or documentation status
    • The program is designed to serve households that are not served by other COVID-19 related federal or state assistance
  • Stables Homes Stable Schools Emergency Expansion (SHSS): Eligible families will:
How to Apply
  • Applications will be accepted 9 am Wednesday, April 22 - 12 noon Monday, April 27
  • Visit website to apply online and view documents needed. The application is accessible in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Oromo.
  • Individuals can also call the Tenant Resource Center (612)302-3129 leave a voicemail if they are unable to apply online. An intake worker will return the voicemail within 3 days.
  • Applicants may only submit one application per household. City staff will assign the application to the appropriate program (EHA or SHSS)
  • Email gapfund.housing@minneapolismn.gov with questions
Ramsey County COVID-19 CARES Act Funding
Emergency Assistance is available for rent, mortgage and utilities for residents of Ramsey County who have lost income due to COVID-19. Visit website for application. Send application to chs.ea-ega.unit@ramseycounty.us or fax to (651)266-3909. Individuals not already receiving public assistance that are applying for this and other programs (cash, child care assistance, health care and SNAP) can apply here. Call (651)266-4884 for application help, questions about eligibility, or to find out the status of an application.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Adults with children and those who are pregnant can receive up to $5,000 in housing assistance
  • Families and single adults can receive up to $3,000 in utility assistance
  • Single adults can receive up to $3,000 in housing assistance
Emergency Assistance helps pay for:
  • Damage deposits
  • Past due rent and mortgage payments
  • Utilities, including electricity, heat and water, when there is threat of disconnection
Saint Paul Bridge Fund for Families
Since Mayor Carter's presentation to the City Council on March 25, two changes have been made to the Saint Paul Bridge Fund for Families program proposal. Following community feedback about eligibility for students enrolled in charter and private schools, all families with at least one child under 18 will be eligible to apply to the Saint Paul Bridge Fund for Families. 
Additionally, following the passage of a Federal-aid package that provides grants of $1,200 per adult for people earning up to $75,000, along with expanded unemployment insurance payments and eligibility, the Bridge Fund for Families will offer $1,000 grants, instead of $2,000 originally presented, to better complement this federal aid, and to double the number of families served.
Eligible families will have:Application Process: Families can apply online or call (651)266-6565 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday. Applications are accepted until April 19 at 5 pm.

Washington County COVID-19 CARES Act Funding-Emergency Rental Assistance
Assistance is provided to pay current and past due rent and utilities including gas, electric and water. Visit website for eligibility requirements and application.

Washington County COVID-19 CARES Act Funding-Homeowners Relief Grant Program
Homeowners in Washington County who may have experienced a reduction in income because of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for a one-time grant of up to $10,000 to help make housing payments.
  • Property must be located in Washington County and be the primary residence of household (homesteaded)
  • Delinquency or financial hardship must be due to a documented COVID-19-related financial impact on the household
  • Eligible housing payments will be made directly to the entity owned
  • Assistance is limited, households with greatest financial need will receive priority
Eligible housing payments include:
  • Home mortgage/loan
  • Homeowners' association dues
  • Land trust property land payments
  • Manufactured home community lot rent
The program is managed by the Community Development Agency, with applications available here. Individuals with limited internet access should call (651)202-2822 to receive an application. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until funding is expended.


United Way of Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Crisis Fund
Provides financial support to those living or working in United Way of Northeastern Minnesota's service territory (click here for a listing of communities served) whose jobs have been impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals/families impacted must demonstrate a financial loss on or after the Governor's Emergency Executive Order, dated March 13, to request approval for support to cover basic living expenses. Maximum request amount is $1,000 per family. Apply Online


This web application can connect individuals with state and county services to help meet their family's basic needs. Apply for cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, child care assistance, and Emergency Assistance. Call (651)431-4000 for questions. Visit website.

Bank of America
Offers assistance to clients through its Client Assistance Program. Working on a case-by case basis, additional assistance for clients impacted by the coronavirus includes:
  • Auto Loans: Clients can request to defer payments, with payments added to the end of the loan
  • Consumer and Small Business Credit Cards: Clients can request to defer payments; refunds on late fees
  • Consumer and Small Business Deposit Accounts: Clients can request refunds including overdraft fees, non-sufficient funds fees and monthly maintenance fees
  • Foreclosure sales, evictions and repossessions have been paused
  • Mortgages and Home Equity: Clients can request to defer payments, with payments added to the end of the loan
  • Small Business Loans: Clients can request to defer payments; refunds on late fees
  • In all of the these instances, there will be no negative credit bureau reporting for up-to-date clients
  • Client Resources
Bremer Bank
For their customers, they are reducing or suspending mortgage loan payments, as well as offering loan deferrals, low interest cashflow assistance loans, and additional hardship assistance. 

Bridge to Benefits
This web-based screening tool can help an individual identify if they're eligible for public works programs, including SNAP, WIC, School Meal Program, Minnesota Health Care Programs, Energy Assistance and Child Care Assistance. Visit website.

CORE-Children of Restaurant Employees
Grants financial support to food and beverage service employees with children who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19/Coronavirus. Documentation is required of diagnosis. Food and beverage employees with children and a family member who resides in the same home that is diagnosed with COVID-19 and a doctor requires the employee to quarantine are eligible. Medical documentation and proof of residence is required. Apply Online.

HealthWell COVID-19 Ancillary Fund
Provides assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 high-risk status or a positive diagnosis to individuals or a member of a household in the United States or territories where COVID-19 is prevalent or had a physician or health care provider, or any other official recommend self-quarantine regarding exposure to COVID-19 . Accepting phone applications only, (800) 675-8416.

The North Stands Stipend Program
Provides stipends to displaced hospitality workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota. To apply, visit website.

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
Supports restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers facing financial hardship or are unable to work because of quarantines or other health concerns in Minnesota. To apply, visit website.

Pfund Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund
Micro grants to individuals and nonprofits that are most affected by the Coronavirus. The first round of grants is prioritizing the communities listed below, all of whom are particularly impacted by this crisis:
  • Low income residents, including those without health insurance and/or access to sick days
  • Low income works in disproportionally impacted industries, such as health care and the service industry, as well as gig-economy workers
  • Residents with greater health risks, including people over age 60, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant people
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People with disabilities
  • Communities of color
  • Undocumented workers and families
The Board of Directors and Pfund staff will dedicate time and resources in reading each application with the goal of having checks in the hands of recipients within a week. Grants are made on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves. Apply Online

Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Fund
Provides emergency funding to restaurant and bar employees or owners, or restaurant/bar supplier employees who face unforeseen expenses not covered by insurance in Minnesota. Individuals seeking RWCF’s direct assistance should go to the Southern Smoke Application Form to submit their information and needs. Please note that Southern Smoke will evaluate each case based on the state of an applicant's emergency, prioritizing issues like medical needs.

Service Industry Tips
Provides crowdfunded "tips" to a randomly selected restaurant worker each day. Available in Minneapolis, Saint Cloud, and Brown County, Minnesota. To apply, visit website

Springboard for the Arts
Personal Emergency Relief Fund helps artists recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. Guidelines have been expanded to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts, etc.) due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost. Apply Online.

Staples Motley Area Emergency Relief Fund
Supports individuals, small businesses and organizations living in the Staples Motley School District area who are negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply online. Completed applications can be submitted by email to kbjorge@ifound.org or by mail to Initiative Foundation, 405 First Street SE Little Falls, MN 56345. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis. For more information about the fund or the grant application, contact Katie Heppner by phone at (218)929-3015 or by email at smacf@ifound.org.

USBG National Charity Foundation
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program which provides financial assistance to bartenders, spouses of bartenders and children of bartenders who have had at least one year of employment on a regular full- or part-time basis. Apply Here.

Wells Fargo
Mortgage customers unable to make their payment due to COVID-19 related hardships can receive a 90-day payment suspension. To request this assistance, customers should sign on to online banking and email Wells Fargo through the secure message center. Customers can also call (800)219-9739. In addition, Wells Fargo maybe be able to offer additional accommodations including payment deferrals and other expanded assistance for customers with credit card, automobile loans, small business and personal loans.

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