Emergency Housing Assistance
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.

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.


Family Homelessness Prevention & Assistance Program (FHPAP) – Prevention & Rapid Rehousing (RRH)
FHPAP is funded through Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) through state appropriated funds to prevent homelessness for individuals and families in Minnesota. FHPAP prevention assistance can pay mortgage payments, rent payments, rental deposits, utility deposits, and items required for basic needs (clothing & food). FHPAP rapid rehousing program provides stabilization services and short to medium-term rental assistance necessary to households at-risk of or literally homeless. FHPAP also provides funding to pay for case management and outreach activities. Supportive service is equally important as financial assistance and involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair/financial education. 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 from 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. 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 important as financial assistance and involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, and financial education.


Central Regional Project - Long Term Homelessness (LTH)
Central LTH is funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to fund supportive services in permanent supportive housing for individuals, unaccompanied youth, and families experiencing long-term homelessness through the Long-Term Homeless Supportive Services Fund in the counties of Isanti, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Pine, and Chisago. Supportive services involves: housing search & placement, housing stability case management, mediation and credit repair/financial education.


US Dept of Housing & Urban Development – Rapid Rehousing Program (HUD-RRH)
HUD-RRH is funded through the Central Minnesota Continuum of Care through federal appropriated funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide rapid rehousing and supportive services to ex-offenders that are homeless in the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. HUD-RRH can pay rental payments and rental deposits (first & last month’s rent). HUD-RRH 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.