State and Federal Funding Resources

Available Resources

  • The emergency staffing pool is available to support residential programs experiencing COVID-19 related staffing shortages. Eligible facilities for emergency staffing include: homeless shelters, shelters for domestic violence survivors, site-based supportive housing programs, boarding care, and board and lodge programs. Applicants must certify that they have at least one suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case among staff or guests and that they have already implemented their program’s contingency or crisis staffing plan. This staffing pool cannot help with a staffing crisis that is not caused by COVID. Once approved, the staffing firm will work with you place temporary employees at your setting as quickly as possible, staff can be assigned for up to 14 days. Find information on the program on the FAQ page on the Department of Human Services website. You can apply online for the staffing pool.  
  • Philanthropic Resources

Rental Assistance Programs

Eviction Moratorium

Visit Minnesota Housing’s website to read frequently asked questions and answers about the evictions off-ramp timeline and download the diagram below about the eviction moratorium timeline and important dates. Materials are available in English, Hmong, Spanish and Somali.

On August 3, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established a new Federal moratorium on evictions in counties that now or later on have substantial or high levels of community transmission as defined by the CDC. These CDC projections are in addition and on top of the protections included in Minnesota’s off-ramp.

  • This moratorium will remain in effect for these counties until October 3, 2021 or until a county falls below the substantial community transmission threshold for 14 consecutive days.
  • The CDC moratorium applies to eligible renters and tenancy situations, detailed in the full order which you can read here.
  • Community transmission statistics are updated daily on the CDC COVID Data Tracker
  • You can find more information on the National Eviction Moratorium on the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) website.
  • To be protected by the Federal Eviction Moratorium, qualified renters facing eviction should immediately provide a signed declaration to their landlords. NLIHC has translated the declaration form into multiple languages found here.

Economic Impact Payment Information

People experiencing homelessness are entitled to receive Economic Impact Payment (EIP) benefits, also known as stimulus checks. Resources to help get more information and help clients receive their checks:

Currently Funded Entities

If you are currently being funded by DHS’ Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), there are reporting requirements that you need to complete. Click here for the reporting requirements page to access the reporting documents and budget revision forms.

Fiscal Recovery Funds

Download a spreadsheet detailing the local allocation of American Rescue Plan funds including local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

Summary of Funding

We have seen the largest increase in homeless-specific funding in state history, with over $84 million in new State and Federal funds dedicated to supporting people experiencing homelessness and $480 million allocated to preventing homelessness and evictions allocated since March. These resources in combination with the incredible work providers and local communities are doing are critical to protect people experiencing homelessness and prevent people from becoming homeless. The investments include:

  • $26.5 million to the Emergency Services Program (ESP) for shelter space, outreach, staffing, and PPE​ (March 2020)
  • $5.5 million for a 15% increase in payments for settings supported by the Housing Support program for March, April, and May​ (March 2020)
  • $6.2 million for Veteran homelessness prevention and rental assistance​ (March 2020)
  • $19.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) dedicated to sustain efforts funded by ESP​ (August 2020)
  • $100 million in CRF dedicated for housing stability and eviction prevention through the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program​ (July 2020)
  • $375 million from the federal COVID releif package for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program. (December 2020)
  • $4.4 million in COVID-19 Minnesota Funds approved for 200 additional shelter spaces in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.​ (October and November 2020)
  • $8.9 million in COVID-19 Minnesota Funds to sustain critical ESP activities in early 2021.(December 2020)

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