On March 23, Gov. Walz announced an executive order suspending evictions and writs of recovery during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. The suspension went into effect at 5 p.m. March 24.
Although Gov. Tim Walz has temporarily halted all eviction actions, tenants of rental properties still are required to pay their rent. Failing to pay rent could result in eviction action when the emergency suspension is lifted. If you are unable to pay your rent, talk with your landlord about a payment plan.
St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) - STEP is available to help residents who need help with food or to maintain housing, although the building is currently closed to the public. Visit their pandemic response page for information or call 952.925.4899.
Inquiries for emergency rental assistance will be handled by being leaving a voice message at 952.234.4323 and a social worker will return the call as soon as possible.
If a resident applies for emergency assistance STEP will request the landlord:
- Fill out a W9
- Waive late fee and ask that they not file for any eviction proceedings
Other helpful information:
- Households must be in a legal lease to receive assistance
- Households will not be asked about immigration status, this is not a factor in eligibility for rental assistance.
- STEP will work with the household to plan for future rent payments. They will look at income, including unemployment, apply at MN Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program, and stimulus payments for planning.
- Applications for rental assistance can be found on STEP’s website. Some property owners have found it helpful to have applications printed and on hand for residents.
- The turn around time for funding, if approved, is approximately 48-72 hours.
- Legal guidance and resources for renters
- While evictions are not currently allowed under Governor Walz's Peacetime Emergency order, rent is still due. LawHelpMN.org has compiled helpful information about renters' rights during the pandemic and has legal aid available for tenants.
Learn more about emergency rental assistance through Hennepin County.
The St. Louis Park Housing Authority administers programs that ensure the availability of safe and desirable affordable housing options in the St. Louis Park community. The housing authority currently serves more than 500 eligible, low-income households through their housing programs.
Rental assistance programs
Public Housing Program
The Public Housing Program provides clean, safe and affordable living environments, owned and managed by the housing authority, to eligible low-income individuals and families.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) is a government-funded program that provides affordable housing options to low-income individuals and families. A family that receives a housing voucher can choose a housing unit where the owner agrees to rent under the program.
Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)
The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program is a voluntary family self-sufficiency program for current housing choice voucher or public housing participants administered by STEP. It was established to help individuals overcome barriers to self-sufficiency, financial security and personal achievement through counseling, advocacy and personal empowerment. Contact the housing authority if you are a current housing choice voucher or public housing participant and are interested in participating in FSS.
Kids in the Park Rent Assistance Program
Kids in the Park provides rent assistance to households with school-age children for up to 4 years. Participants receive a flat monthly rental assistance that decreases annually over the four-year period. Eligible households must have an income at or below 50 percent of the area median income, have one parent or guardian that works a minimum of 28 hours per week, live in rental housing in St. Louis Park and comply with their lease. Families with disabled and elderly heads of household do not need to comply with the work requirement. The program was developed in partnership with the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) and the St. Louis Park School District.
Applications are not currently being accepted for this program.
Tenant Resource Center
The Tenant Resource Center supports Hennepin County residents who are at risk of eviction or homelessness through collaborative partnerships. The center has resources to assist with emergency assistance, legal help, mediation and connecting residents with agencies that can provide financial assistance.
The tenant resource center is located at 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.
For more information and hours, visit the Tenant Resource Center website.
Additional tenant resources
Family housing Fund has provided a list of resources to help support households impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) is available to help residents who need help with food or to maintain housing, although its building is currently closed to the public.
Minnesota Housing updates and information related to COVID-19.
Programs for homeless individuals or families or those at risk of homelessness
If you are currently homeless or fear that you may become homeless, Hennepin County has emergency programs available to provide short-term assistance.
Continuum of Care
Continuum of Care is designed to assist hard-to-reach homeless families, single adults and youth with rental assistance and supportive services. The grant program provides those who meet the criteria for homelessness, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with permanent housing opportunities.
To qualify for this program, participants must already be on Hennepin County's Coordinated Entry list.
Stable HOME Program
The Stable Home Program provides rent assistance to low-income singles and families who were homeless or would otherwise be at risk of homelessness. Rent assistance is limited to three years. During the three years, participants must establish good rental histories and relationships. They must also work to improve their earnings enough to where they do not need rental assistance. The program is administered by the HA, but participants are free to choose a rental unit anywhere in Hennepin County except Minneapolis. Participants are referred to the program by Hennepin County.
The housing authority manages the waiting lists for the Public Housing Program, Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) and Kids in the Park. All waiting lists for rental assistance programs are currently closed. Visit the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program page and Public Housing Program page for specific waiting list information.
If the waiting list is closed, visit HousingLink for additional affordable housing options in the metro area.
If you applied for a waiting list online, you can check your waiting list status. If you are currently on the waiting list, updates on address and family composition must be submitted in writing through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to St. Louis Park Housing Authority, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.