COVID-19 Resources for Renters

The information provided here is general in nature and is not intended to be legal or health advice. It is designed to help renters understand the impact of COVID-19, and some helpful resources.

Evictions
March 24, 2020 - Due to COVID-19, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order that stops evictions, lease terminations, and Writs of Recovery during the peacetime emergency. Learn More: FAQ Executive Order.


Unemployment Insurance
Were your work hours reduced or eliminated? Apply for unemployment insurance. Apply online in English, Hmong, Somali or Spanish

Do you speak a language other than English, Hmong, Somali, or Spanish? If so, call 651-296-3644 to start the application process.


Emergency Assistance
Do you need help paying for rent, food or childcare? If so, apply for emergency assistance. Contact your county human services agency to get started.


Food
  • Find food shelves and free meals near you: Hunger Solutions
  • Minneapolis Public Schools is providing meals for its students. Learn more
  • St. Paul Public Schools is providing meals for its students. Learn more
  • Do you need long-term food benefits (SNAP)? Apply here 

Utilities
Xcel energy
will waive late fees and stop service disconnections if they are because of a COVID-19 hardship. Call 1-800-895-4999 for more information.

CenterPoint Energy will waive late fees and stop service disconnections if they are because of a COVID-19 hardship. Call 1-800-245-2377 for more information.


Internet
  • USI and Comcast are expanding access to the internet in the City of Minneapolis. Learn more
  • Low cost computer and internet resources. Learn more

Communication with your Landlord

If you are struggling to pay rent, or will have this problem soon, here are some tips for communicating with your landlord.
  • Talk to your landlord right away when the problem occurs.
  • Be honest with them about your current income situation. How has the spread of COVID-19 impacted your work?
  • Consider discussing the resources/assistance types that you’ve sought thus far.
  • Explain how vulnerable your family will be. How many members of the family will be impacted by the loss of housing?
  • Find out what other people in similar positions are doing with this landlord or with others. Discuss the Minnesota Multi Housing Association's 'shelter in place' guidelines.
  • Ask about payment arrangements.
Your landlord is likely experiencing a high degree of stress and concern over the current circumstances as well. Strive to ensure that your communication with them is as clear and calm as possible. Document your conversations.