ACER believes in empowering renters to advocate for their right to safe and stable housing; we organize residents to discuss issues facing their apartments or townhomes and assist them in taking concrete action to ensure that their demands are met. Additionally, we work with community partners and tenants to advance policies that guarantee Just Housing for all community members.
Find Housing Resources
Find housing resources for free legal assistance, energy, water, and utilities assistance, and more.
Emergency Rental Assistance Grants
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) has limited one-time funding for households struggling to pay for housing costs:
Up to $1,000 of Emergency rental assistance is available per household,
Or CAP-HC will pay up to $1,000 for the security deposit and/or first month of rent
Legal Aid for Renters
Lawyers, law students, and community volunteers give tenants legal advice and options for resolving rental problems. HOME Line provides free and low-cost legal services for tenants.
Minnesota Energy Assistance Program
The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program pays towards heat, electricity, and past-due water costs. Energy Assistance is free and up to $2,000 is available for eligible households (the average grant is $500).
Renters Protection Community
What is the tenant cohort about?
It’s a leadership development program for renters to learn more about their rights as tenants. ACER organizers support renters and their renter communities to solve housing issues by giving them the tools to advocate for their rights.
The course is 2 hours a week for 8 weeks. Sign up to join: learn about your rights and receive a $25 gift card after completing the program.