Housing & Utilities


Affordable Apartment Search

Use this search tool, run by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, to find affordable apartments in your area. If you live outside the seven-county metro area, you can visit MinnesotaHelp.info for information on affordable housing resources in your community.

Bridging, Inc.

Bridging Inc. provides families with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household items. A person must be referred by a Bridging referral agency to be determined eligible for the furniture and household items. Click here to look up a Bridging referral agency near you.

CommonBond Communities
Minnesota’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing. CommonBond offers family, senior, and special needs housing. To find rental housing through CommonBond click here.

Emergency Housing Assistance Resource List (metro area)

This list of emergency housing assistance was compiled by Project for Pride in Living. It lists contact information and qualifications for several emergency housing assistance programs in the Hennepin and Ramsey County areas.


Emergency Housing Assistance

Many Community Action Agencies (CAP) will provide support in one time emergency housing assistance grants to support families in crisis. To find the CAP agency for you area, click here Community Action Agencies - Help Me Connect (state.mn.us) and put you zip code in the yellow box.

The Minnesota Department of Housing provides temporary rental assistance including housing related expenses and security deposits. To find our more on how to apply click here.

Housing Link
A non-profit organization focused on providing information about affordable rental housing options in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area. Resources include overviews of housing programs and terminology, weekly lists of vacancies, Section 8 Voucher information, directories of housing, and a vacancy-locating service.

Housing Benefits 101


Statewide tool that is available to answer your questions about housing, services, and resources in your community.


Jeremiah Program

The Jeremiah Program uses a proven, holistic model to support both the mother and children with education, a safe place to live, job skills, and more. Provides safe and affordable housing in five residential campuses (Austin, Fargo, Minneapolis, Rochester, and St. Paul) through an application process.

Minnesota Home Ownership Center

866-462-6466 or 651-659-9336
This organization offers mortgage counseling, credit repair, mortgage refinance information and many other helpful and preventative measures that can be taken to prevent foreclosure. Advisors are available in multiple languages across the state.

Minnesota Multi Housing Association Renters’ Hotline

The Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) has established a special hotline phone number for renters to find answers to common questions on subjects such as security deposits, leases, Certificates of Rent Paid, evictions, repairs and maintenance, cleaning, and giving notice to vacate. Click here for a list of commonly asked questions and answers on the website.



The Bridge for Youth


The Bridge for youth provides emergency shelter, site-based transitional living for pregnant and parenting youth, and street outreach for unsheltered youth.


Children's Law Center of Minnesota


Children's Law Center of Minnesota provides a list of emergency and transitional housing. This list includes options for housing resources while focusing on the following populations: youth, Native Americans, LGBTQ youth, single moms, survivors of domestic violence and prostitution, etc. 




YouthLink is a nonprofit in downtown Minneapolis that helps young people between the ages of 16 and 24 on their journeys from homeless to hopeful. They welcome young people of all backgrounds, races, genders, and orientations.


Youth Services Network

612-377-8800 24-hour crisis hotline

The Youth Services Network website was designed to help youth find shelter and services. You can search for shelter beds, outreach workers, drop-in centers, food, medical needs, basic needs, and parenting programs in the metro area.



PCs for People


PCs for People provides refurbished computers to eligible customers for affordable prices, located in St Paul. They also provide low-cost high-speed internet solutions. 


HeatShare is a program of The Salvation Army. HeatShare provides energy assistance on a year-round basis. Funds are used for natural gas, fuel oil, propane, electricity, and furnace checkup and repairs. To find your local HeatShare service area click here.

Lifeline provides a discount on new service connection charges when installing new telephone service. The federal Lifeline programs provide a monthly discount on your local telephone service, including one wireline or wireless phone per household.

Minnesota Energy Resources
Minnesota Energy Resources is full of useful information regarding energy efficiency and heating assistance programs provided by the federal and state government, private industry, nonprofits and other energy utilities.

Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy. All homeowners and renters who are income eligible for Energy Assistance are income eligible for WAP. Priority is given to households with at least one elderly or disabled member and to customers with the highest heating costs.

Low-cost Internet Services

Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for low-income families. To find out more information or to get the application for this service click here for Comcast Internet Essentials or click here for CenturyLink LifeLine program. Or call Comcast at 1-855-846-8376 and CenturyLink at 1-855-654-6546.