Emergency Housing Assistance Programs
The primary service offered is case management which means establishing a plan that will prevent the same housing crisis from happening in the future. Case managers will give you resources, referrals and budget counseling. Financial assistance to solve the housing crisis is not guaranteed in all situations.

Click here for an Emergency Housing Assistance application; or stop by Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs or Pine County’s Human Services offices for a printed application; or call 800.832.6082 option #4 to have one mailed to you.

The following are the Emergency Housing Assistance programs offered by Lakes & Pines during the time period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015:

Family Homelessness Prevention & Assistance Program (FHPAP)
FHPAP is funded through Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) through state appropriated funds to prevent homelessness for individuals and families in Minnesota. FHPAP can pay mortgage payments, rent payments, rental deposits, utility deposits, transportation costs (vehicle repair, public transit) and items required for basic needs (clothing & food). FHPAP also provides funding to pay for case management and outreach activities. Prevention is the key to this program, so financial literacy, budgeting and life skills education are highly used to keep the household from getting into a similar situation in the future. Each community designs its own approach to prevent homelessness through the use of a local Advisory Committee. Lakes & Pines’ FHPAP Advisory Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Lakes & Pines’ offices in Mora. The FHPAP Advisory Committee is always looking for new members, specifically those that have been homeless to serve. Contact the Community Services Department to join at 800.832.6082 option #4.


Emergency Services Program (ESP)
ESP is funded through Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) through state appropriated funds to provide short-term hotel stays, along with case management services to reduce the length of time that households are homeless. ESP can pay for short-term motel stays for those experiencing homelessness with no other resources available to help them attain permanent housing. ESP also provides funding to pay for case management. Supportive service is equally as important as financial assistance and involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, and financial education.


Emergency Solutions Grant – Rehousing Program (ESG-RHP)
ESG-RHP is funded through Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) through federal appropriated funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing relocation and stabilization services and short to medium-term rental assistance necessary to households at-risk of or literally homeless. ESG-RHP can pay rental payments, rental deposits (first & last month’s rent), utility deposits, utility payments, rental application fees. ESG-RHP also provides funding to pay for case management and outreach activities. Supportive service is equally as important as financial assistance and involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair/financial education.


US Dept of Housing & Urban Development – Transitional Housing Program (HUD-THP) HUD-THP is funded through the Central Minnesota Continuum of Care through federal appropriated funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide transitional housing and supportive services to ex-offenders that are homeless in the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. HUD-THP can pay rental payments. HUD-THP also provides funding to pay for case management and outreach activities. Supportive service is equally as important as financial assistance and involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair/financial education.


Office of Economic Opportunity - Transitional Housing Program (OEO-THP)
OEO-THP is funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) through state appropriated funds to provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless individuals and families. OEO-THP can pay rental payments. OEO-THP also provides funding to pay for case management and outreach activities. Supportive service is equally as important as financial assistance and involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair/financial education.


Homeless Youth Act – Transitional Living Program (HYA-TLP)
HYA-TLP is funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) through state appropriated funds to provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless youth (16-22). HYA-TLP can pay rental payments. HYA-TLP also provides funding to pay for case management and outreach activities. Supportive service is equally as important as financial assistance and involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair/financial education.


Disclaimer: Lakes and Pines staff are trained to make eligibility determinations based on the income level, situation and funding availability. This list is not comprehensive and just gives a brief overview of the programs offered. At any given time, there might be funds available in all, none or just a few of these programs.