RENTAL ASSISTANCE

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. Below is information on specific programs. If you are unsure which you are eligible for, please call STEP’s emergency assistance line at 952-234-4323 or email ea@stepslp.org

  1. Emergency Rental Assistance (not COVID Pandemic-related)

STEP is providing rental assistance via funds from private donors, Hennepin County CDBG, and the City of St. Louis Park to qualifying households residing in St. Louis Park.

You may qualify if:

  • Lost income or had unexpected emergency expenses (not COVID-related)
  • Your household income is below 50% of area median income ($46,500 for household of 3)
  • Cannot afford your housing costs this month or owe back rent

Application & Instructions:       English           Espanol          Somali

 

  1. COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (households with incomes below 50% area median income)

STEP is providing rental assistance on behalf of Hennepin County CDBG-CV and the City of St. Louis Park to qualifying households residing in St. Louis Park.

You may qualify if:

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

Application & Instructions:             English           Espanol          Somali

 

  1. COVID Housing Assistance Program (households with incomes between 50% area median income and 300% federal poverty rate)

STEP is providing rental assistance on behalf of the Minnesota Housing program to qualifying households residing in St. Louis Park.

You may qualify if:

  • Lost income due to unemployment, illness or another issue as a result of COVID-19
  • Your household income is below 300% of the federal poverty rate ($65,160 annually for household of 3) in the last four weeks, but was above 50% of area median income ($46,500 for household of 3) before COVID-19
  • Cannot afford rent or utilities this month or owe back rent
  • Do not receive HUD rental subsidies

Application: Contact STEP to be screened for an application at 952-234-4323 or ea@stepslp.org. Interpreter services can be accessed.

 

MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

Those who cannot afford their mortgage due to a COVID-related cause should apply for assistance with the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Online Application via Minnesota Housing. STEP may have limited resources to help others with mortgages. St. Louis Park residents can inquire at 952-234-4323 or ea@stepslp.org.

 

TRANSPORTATION

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’s four professional social workers 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 Julie@stepslp.org
Diane Forest, LISW Diane@stepslp.org
Karen Clara, LSW Karen@stepslp.org
Jackie Mracek, LSW Jackiem@stepslp.org