The main services available in Stearns County and Sherburne include emergency rent assistance, which can help prevent homelessness. There are a few organizations that can help with rapid rehousing, which is finding a new home and paying for a security deposit. These include non-profits and some government organizations.
The amount of money available to help pay for back rent is limited and comes with certain conditions. The help provided will only be temporary, so that the family can find a more permanent solution. There is often a waiting list for government grants and agencies that fund housing and rental costs in the greater St. Cloud area.
The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of St. Cloud provides Section 8 housing vouchers to eligible residents. Section 8 is a HUD-created subsidy that pays a portion of rent based on the applicant’s income. There is also help for people with disabilities and mental illness.
The Stearns County Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)Call provides assistance for rent, housing, and medical needs for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
The Housing Finance Agency provides cash grants to county government and non-profits to help with rental assistance programs in St. Cloud. There is enough money to pay for services to prevent evictions, back rent, security deposits, and shelters in the area.
The St Cloud legal aid office provides free advice to residents on housing problems such as eviction, foreclosure, and landlord repair issues.
Stearns County Human Services offers financial assistance through a program called EGA. This aid is available one time only. For more information, call (320) 656-6131. The article discusses how a lack of housing can lead to safety issues. This type of aid can help with payments for a place to live, like a mortgage or rent, as well as utility bills. It can also be used to pay for a security deposit when someone is moving out of transitional housing.
Sherburne County Health & Human Services also manages EGA. The business center is located at 13880 Business Center Dr NW in Elk River, Minnesota. To contact the company, dial (763) 765-4000.
The Salvation Army provides emergency aid, transitional housing, shelter, and money for back rent to people in need. The main groups of people that this organization focuses on are seniors, families with children, and the disabled.
If you are a Stearns County resident and are currently living in a shelter, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help you cover the cost of renting or utility deposits. This assistance is meant to help you transition into stable housing. For more information, please contact Tri-CAP, Inc. at (320) 251-1612. There are programs that can give you money to help pay your rent, so you don’t get evicted.
If you’re in the St. Cloud area and are in need of housing or rent assistance, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud may be able to help. Give them a call at (320) 240-8204 to see what programs they have available. There are also services to help you find a job and other social services.
Community Aid Elk River provides support to Sherburne County low income families who are out of options. The focus is on providing emergency funds to cover heating costs, rent, transportation, and housing needs.