Resources for Housing Help

MHP is an advocacy, research, and community development organization. We don’t own or manage housing or provide referrals to people looking for housing.

MHP no longer administers the Crisis Housing Fund (provides short-term housing assistance to people with a serious mental illness who are receiving inpatient or residential mental health care or Substance Use Disorder treatment for 90 days or less) – it is now administered by The Arc, Minnesota.

Below are some additional resources that may be useful if you need housing help. 

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

Minnesota Housing provides a list of resources and contact information to help people who need rental assistance, affordable rental housing, or shelter. 

Housing Benefits 101 

Housing Benefits 101 is a website that includes information on how to access homeless services in your county, keep your housing, and change your home. You can also call, email, or chat online with resource experts. 


HousingLink keeps lists of subsidized housing options available in Minnesota. Tip: Keep track of the places you apply. If you’re on a waiting list for a housing unit or voucher, make sure to periodically update your contact information to ensure you can be reached. 

211 United Way 

211 United Way provides referrals for a range of services including food, shelter, and transportation. 

Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program 

The Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program can sometimes provide rental or energy assistance to help prevent utility shut-offs or an eviction. 

HOME Line 

HOME Line is a free legal help hotline for renters.  

Other legal help

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program pays up to $2,000 towards heat, power and water costs, and is free for all eligible households. 

MN Homeownership Center 

Get advice for buying a home, foreclosure, and more.  

Emergency Housing Guide with resources throughout the US