Emergency Rental Assistance

DCEH Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The DCEH Emergency Rental Assistance Program is currently on an Administrative Hold while we hire and train a new Coordinator. We will not be accepting new applications in October.



The Emergency Rental Assistance Program allows DCEH to further its focus on long-term housing solutions by expanding our areas of involvement to include homeless prevention. The DCEH ERA pools together resources, experience, and capacity in our member congregations to have a coordinated impact within the same programmatic structure.

The program supports individuals and families by providing rental assistance in a time of financial crisis.  A crucial component of the program is providing relationship and additional services or activities to help clients develop skills and community in their goal of keeping stable housing. By providing financial and personal growth services, DCEH ERA will help people stay in their homes instead of facing an eviction in this crisis, or the next.

Program Process

Intake is conducted at particular DCEH congregations, the locations and hours are:

Basilica of Saint Mary, first come first serve; 88 17th Street North
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:30am–11:30am

Central Lutheran Church, first come first serve; 333 12th Street South
Monday and Wednesday 9–10:30am and Thursday 12:30–2pm

The Dignity Center, appointment only: 425 Groveland Avenue
Monday, Wednesday, and Firday 9-11:30am

Saint Olaf Catholic Church, appointment only; 215 8th Street South
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:30am-12pm and 1-2pm

Plymouth Congregational Church, first come first serve; 1900 Nicollet Avenue
Monday and Tuesday 6-8pm

Applicants will sit down one on one with a volunteer to fill out and review the application together. This is a chance for the volunteer to explain our program and for the applicant to explain their current situation. The volunteer and the applicant will discuss what available activity to recommend be completed that is best suited to the applicant’s particular needs. Applicants will need to provide some documentation for the volunteer to scan so DCEH staff can verify accuracy:

  • Photo identification
  • Lease or legal rental agreement
  • Hennepin County denial letter for emergency assistance
  • Proof of income (employment and or any public assistance)
  • Late rent notice from landlord
  • Situational supporting documents for example but not limited to:
    • Receipt for car repairs
    • Medical report of injury
    • Program from a funeral
    • Offer letter from new employer

All completed applications are reviewed weekly by staff, clergy, volunteers, or former clients. Applicants should expect to hear from someone by end of business Friday the week they completed the application.

Applicant Requirements

  • Minneapolis resident or Relationship with a DCEH congregation
  • No current court order eviction or payment plan for the residence
  • Current denial by Hennepin County for Emergency Assistance
  • Payment must be for current ongoing rent; no down payments, first months rent, mortgages, previous residences