STEP provides crisis rent assistance on a case by case basis for those St. Louis Park residents at risk of losing their housing due to a financial emergency.

STEP currently also has access to CDBG Hennepin County emergency rental assistance is available to qualifying households residing in St. Louis Park.

You may qualify if:

  • Your household income is below 50% of area median income ($46,500 for household of 3) before COVID-19
  • Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced through unemployment benefits
  • Cannot afford your housing costs this month or owe back rent
  • Do not receive HUD rental subsidies

STEP does have other funds available.  If your situation does not meet these qualifications, please inquire.

Please call STEP’s emergency assistance line at 952-234-4323 or email  Applications are listed below and are available in English, Spanish, and Somali.  Interpreter services can be accessed.

To get a copy of STEP’s Rent Assistance Application click hereSomali emergency assistance application.    Para obtener una copia de la Aplicación de Asistencia de Renta haga clic aquí

STEP provides bus passes or fuel cards on a limited basis for employment purposes to those who are experiencing a transportation crisis.

Counseling and Referral Services

STEP employs 4 social workers to deliver services to clients. Social workers abide by a set of values and a code of ethics when delivering services. Social work relationships are built with regard for individual worth and dignity, the rights for clients to make decisions, assisting clients with resources, working to make institutions responsive to human needs and a respect for diversity. Social workers are trained to work with general populations with an array of issues. Clients come to STEP with concerns of domestic violence, chemical health, mental health, family and parenting, grief and loss, employment, financial needs, housing and access to community resources.

Julie Lapointe, LISW
Diane Forest, LISW
Karen Clara, LSW
Jackie Mracek, LSW