Click here for information on the three most common affordable rental housing programs: Public Housing, Project-Based Section 8 housing, and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.
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 in order to be determined eligible for the furniture and household items. Click here to look up a Bridging referral agency near you or for more information call 952-888-1105.
Minnesota’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing. CommonBond has 54 communities serving over 5,500 people who live in 3,800 apartments and townhomes. They offer 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 metro area.
HeatShare is a program of The Salvation Army that has been in existence since 1982. 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.
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. If you live outside the seven-county metro area, you can visit MinnesotaHelp.info for information on affordable housing resources in your community.
Housing Resources ToolBox
This website can help individuals and their family members find housing and services in their communities. It provides information on a variety of living arrangements and services in Minnesota, and the resources available to help pay for them.
The Link-Up program provides a discount on new service connection charges when installing new telephone service. The federal Lifeline and state Telephone Assistance Plan programs provide a monthly discount on your local telephone service, including one wireline or wireless phone per household. If you live on federally-recognized tribal lands, you may qualify for additional discounts. To qualify for these programs, telephone service must be in your name and you must have income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in qualifying public programs.
Low-cost Internet Services
Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for low-income families. To be eligible for Comcast’s low-cost plan, you must have at least one child on the School Meal Program. To be eligible for CenturyLink’s low-cost plan, at least one household member must be on the School Meal Program or at least one of the qualifying work support programs. Other restrictions may apply. To find out more information or to get the application for this service click here for Comcast or click here for CenturyLink. Or call Comcast at 1-855-846-8376 and CenturyLink at 1-866-541-3330.
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.
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.
Stay Warm Minnesota
The Stay Warm Minnesota campaign was launched to help every Minnesota family experience a safe and comfortable winter without having their home heating bills overtake the entire family budget. This website is full of useful information regarding energy efficiency and heating assistance programs provided by the federal and state government, private industry, non profits and our energy utilities.
Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life-threatening conditions is the first consideration in WAP activities. Households who are at or below 50 percent of the state median income are eligible. 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.
Ways to Work Loan Program
Ways to Work is a proven, innovative program that provides small loans to low-income parents who cannot get loans elsewhere. All Ways to Work loans are used to help individuals remain in or move forward in their job. The vast majority of our loans are made for the purchase of modestly priced used vehicles or vehicle repair. Click here for eligibility criteria. The Loan Office Directory is a list of national organizations that facilitate Ways to Work.
Get schedule, route and fare information for the bus, the Hiawatha Light Rail, Dial-a-Ride, and Metro Mobility for persons with disabilities. Call 612-341-4287 for recorded departure times for any route, 24 hours a day. To speak to a representative call 612-373-3333. TTY: 612-341-0140.