COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. Local administrators will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households.

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership is one of the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program local administrators around the state that is working with individuals located in Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood, Murray, Pipestone, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, and Blue Earth Counties. A number of partner providers are working on this within our regions and across the state as well.

For complete details on who is eligible to apply and what costs are covered by the program, visit Interested applicants may also call 211 (Toll Free: 1.800.543.7709; Local: 651.291.0211) or text “MNRENT” to 898-211 to learn more. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Providing resources, new homes and new life to communities throughout southern Minnesota.

The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership promotes and delivers a high quality comprehensive menu of housing services. Our goal is to support the preservation, stability, and economic development of our communities.

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  • 4862 Educated

    On homebuyer services

  • 670 Lots

    Prepared for new housing development

  • 5033 Rehabbed

    Homes and rentals for low-income families

“We originally had started working with the Housing Development Program in the winter of 2014. However, that spring we experienced an unforgettable house fire. In the midst of emotional chaos and headaches coming from all directions, the program stepped in and took the initiative and dealt directly with our insurance company on what is covered by insurance and what the program would cover. The Housing Development Program and everyone working for it were so gracious and helpful through the entire process of the fire restoration and then home renovations. We are forever grateful for the program and what they have done for us! ”


“The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership has been a great partner in our Nicollet Meadows and Washington Terrace housing projects. Rick and his team have a tremendous understanding of what it takes to make these projects go.”

Todd P.

“I came to the United States in 2007. We rented and gave away money. I like owning my home. I can do anything with my own house.”