Emergency Rental Assistance Due to COVID-19

Application deadline is Friday, November 13th!

Washington County has an allocation of $3 million in 
the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security  (CARES) funding to pay current and past due rent and utilities including gas, electric, and water.  Although there has been a temporary hold on evictions, full payment of rent is required and landlords may evict tenants with past due rent after state and federal restrictions on eviction filings are lifted. Click HERE for the latest information on the eviction moratorium in Minnesota.  

* You only need to complete an application one time. If you’ve applied for or received assistance from this program in the past, please do not submit a new application. If you have questions, please call our team at 651-430-6570 or email us at CSRA@co.washington.mn.us.

Contact Us

Phone: 651-430-6570
(collect calls accepted)
Toll-free: 1-844-711-1907

Fax Number: 651-430-6515


Interpreter Service

If you need an interpreter to help you apply for benefits, call 651-430-6570 or the toll-free number listed above and indicate the type of language you speak and a phone number to reach you. Someone will call you back using the Language Line and arrange a time for you to apply with the assistance of an interpreter.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Rental Application
  3. Homeowners
  4. Additional Resources
You may qualify for CARES assistance if you:
  • Are a current Washington County resident
  • If you have past due rent, utility costs or currently experiencing homelessness
  • Have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Assistance can be provided regardless of immigration status 
  • Currently earn less than 80% of the Area Median Income (see below), or click HERE
    FY2020 80% of Median 
    Area Family Income Limit
    1 $54,950
    2 $62,800
    3 $70,650
    4 $78,500
    5 $84,800
    6 $91,100
    7 $97,350
    8 $103,650

You should prepare to provide the following documents, which may be used in preparing an application:
  • Verification of current income (paystubs, benefit letter, proof of unemployment)
  • Proof of your emergency including what you owe and who it is owed to (copy of late rent notice, utility bill, shut-off notice, etc.)
  • Verification of identity (copy of driver’s license or state identification, birth certificate, social security card, copy of passport, etc.)
  • Further information or verification may be required
There is no application deadline; however, renters are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure assistance is received timely and before funding runs out.