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11 Ways to Get Free ND Rent Help

11 Ways to Get Free ND Rent Help

Housing is expensive but we’ve found many ND rent help programs that can alleviate some of the strain caused by rapidly rising rents in North Dakota. If you need help with your housing costs this month, we’ve found resources for you.

Statewide ND Rent Help Programs

There are a few programs that can assist with rent throughout the state. That means that no matter where you are in North Dakota, these programs may be able to help you.

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ND Rent Help

Of course, ND Rent Help is North Dakota’s official rental assistance program for the COVID-19 pandemic. It used to be called North Dakota Emergency Rent Bridge, but the state rebranded it. This program helps those who have struggled to pay their rent due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic.

What does ND Rent Help cover?

The ND Rent Help program can assist with your rent and utilities.

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How long is ND Rent Help available?

Through this program, you could receive help with rent for 6-12 months!

Who qualifies for ND Rent Help?

In order to qualify for this North Dakota rental assistance program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

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  • You will need to have an income that is 80% or less of the area median income (AMI). That’s up to $80,000 for a family of four, depending on the county of residence.
  • You must have received unemployment benefits or experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic. This hardship must have occurred on or after March 13, 2020.
  • You must be at risk of housing instability or homelessness because you cannot afford housing or housing-related costs. You may also qualify if you are currently experiencing homeless or imminent risk of evictions.

Priority is given to households earning 50% of the AMI or less and households who have someone who has been unemployed for 90 days or longer and is still unemployed.

How do I apply for ND Rent Help?

You can apply for ND rent help online.

Community Action Partnerships

Community Action Partnerships help low income people with a variety of resources. They often offer North Dakota rental assistance, as well as other services like food pantries, support for veteran families, and special programs for youth and emergencies.

The Community Action Partnership has different offices that serve different areas, but altogether they cover all 53 counties in North Dakota. To learn about their programs and find the agency that serves your area, visit Community Action Partnership of North Dakota.

Presentation Partners in Housing

This organization fights homelessness by providing one-time assistance with rent or mortgage payments. They may also assist with utilities. If you are currently homeless, they can also assist with one-time assistance for deposits to help you get into a home.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army branch in Grand Forks assists with rent, eviction and deposit assistance. They may also be able to help you with food, emergency medical and dental needs, utilities, gas assistance, back-to-school supplies, emergency disaster relief services, winter coats and more!

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It appears that other Salvation Army branches in North Dakota offer similar services. Please contact your local branch for assistance.

Other North Dakota Rental Assistance Programs

There are a few other programs in North Dakota that may be able to help you.

Section 8 Housing Vouchers

Section 8 Housing Vouchers can help you with your rent costs but this is not an emergency program. Instead, you will need to apply in advance and there is usually a waitlist. However, once you’ve been accepted to the program and you receive your voucher, you will be able to receive monthly assistance with you rent.

In order to apply for Section 8, you will need to contact your local Public Housing Authority (PHA).

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Local ND Rent Help Programs

Of course, there are also local ND rent help programs that are limited to certain counties, cities or even zip codes within the state. These organizations may be able to help you with your housing costs, depending on where you live.

Burleigh County

AID Inc.

If you’re looking for rental assistance in North Dakota, one of the best agencies to turn to is AID Inc. This organization serves Burleigh and Morton Counties with temporary, emergency assistance to struggling individuals and families. In addition to ND rent help, this organization can also help with food, transportation to job interviews and medical appointments, and other needs.

Cass County

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

This Church may provide assistance with rent and utilities. Assistance is only available to those living within the Parish boundaries. Assistance is limited to $100 per household and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis depending on available funds.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

As a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Holy Spirit Catholic Church assists those within its parish boundaries with limited financial assistance. This assistance is limited to $200 per household and can be used for rent payments, mortgage payments, trailer lot rent and other expenses.

Please note that you must live within the Parish boundaries in order to be eligible for this assistance. The Church will only assist with expenses up to $200 and only if $200 fully covers the amount due.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

As a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the St. Anthony Padua Catholic Church assists those within its parish boundaries with limited financial assistance. This assistance is limited to $200 per household and can be used for rent payments, mortgage payments, trailer lot rent, utility bills, auto insurance, necessary work-related clothing, city bus passes and more. The Church may also assist with kids clothing vouchers that can be redeemed at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.

Please note that you must live within the Parish boundaries in order to be eligible for this assistance. The Church will only assist with expenses up to $200 and only if $200 fully covers the amount due.

Minot Region

I found numerous resources that serve the Minot Region. Most resources defined this area as a seven or eight county area that encompasses Ward County, Bottineau County, Burke County, McHenry County, McLean County, Mountrail County, Pierce County and/or Renville County.

Minot Area Homeless Coalition Inc.

The Minot Area Homeless Coalition serves a seven-county region. They provide a variety of services to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Project BEE

Located in Minot, Project BEE usually offers rental assistance in North Dakota. However, their program has been temporarily halted due to the availability of federal funds through the official ND rent help program. It is assumed that when those funds run out or that program closes, Project BEE will resume their normal operations.

In additional to this program, Project BEE also offers an emergency shelter, hotel vouchers, free showers for homeless people, a basic needs pantry, a diaper bank, a warming center and more.

Morton County

AID Inc.

If you’re looking for rental assistance in North Dakota, one of the best agencies to turn to is AID Inc. This organization serves Burleigh and Morton Counties with temporary, emergency assistance to struggling individuals and families. In addition to ND rent help, this organization can also help with food, transportation to job interviews and medical appointments, and other needs.

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