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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rent Help and Housing Resources

ND Rent Help

  • Offers Rent Help (up to 12 months) to prevent evictions of qualifying North Dakota renters
  • Replaced the Emergency Rent Bridge program on June 1, 2021; new higher qualifying income levels ensure more households can access help
  • Rent payments are made directly to qualifying renters' housing providers
  • Will offer more types of support to help North Dakotans acheive and maintain housing and financial stability when fully implemented in late summer 2021
  • Funding is provided by the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed by Congress Dec 27, 2020.

Who Qualifies?

  • ND renter household;
  • Earning up to 80% of area median income (AMI) - priority to households earning 50% AMI or less;
  • Has received unemployment benefits or has experienced financial hardship since March 13, 2020; and
  • Is at risk of homelessness or housing instability due difficulty affording housing and related costs.

RENTERS - Here's how ND Rent Help works:

  1. Visit portalapps.nd.gov/dhsps/emergency-rent and submit your information to find out if you may qualify.
  2. If you are likely to qualify, you will be notified by email about the next steps in the application process and will be able to upload needed documents (lease, past due rent notice, employment paystubs and other documents).
    • This confirmation can be presented to your housing provider as proof that you have applied for rent help.
    • Please check your "Junk" mailbox if you haven't received an email within 24 hours.
  3. If you are approved for ND Rent Help, you will be notified.


HOUSING PROVIDERS - What You Need to Know:

  • If a Renter has applied for and/or been approved for ND Rent Help, they will receive a confirmation message they can show to their Housing Provider.


If you have a Renter who has applied for assistance from the ND Rent Help, before the state of North Dakota can make the rent payment, you must register as a participating Housing Provider.

STEP 1: Create a Vendor Account (This step is completed only 1 time.)

  • Register as a vendor on the ND Office of Management and Budget's Supplier Registry at https://bit.ly/2yK2Zba. Be sure to enter "COVID-ERB" as the Special Program Code area.
  • After you have received your Supplier ID (SAVE this number) and you have your renter's Confirmation ID Number (Your renter is sent this number), move to Step 2.

QUICK HELP GUIDE: Housing Provider OMB Supplier Online Registration Process for ERB (April 21, 2021)

STEP 2: Return to ND Rent Help to Request Payment (This step must be completed 1 time for each renter.)

  • Click on the Housing Provider Payment Request link https://portalapps.nd.gov/dhsps/emergency-rent-landlord/ to request payment for rent that is due.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Approved payments will be made directly to you, the Housing Provider, either via check or ACH, depending on the method you chose when registering as a vendor.

VIDEO TUTORIAL Housing Provider Payment Request Process Video


NEED HELP? Please contact 701-328-1907 or dhserb@nd.gov.


ND COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Portal
Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Proposals Due: May 5, 2021

ND Rent Help – Application Counselors
[insert link to SPO]
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Proposals Due: May 20, 2021

ND Rent Help – Housing Facilitators
Publication Date: May 7, 2021
Proposals Due: June 4, 2021

ND Rent Help – Mediation Services
[insert link to SPO]
Publication Date: May 10, 2021
Application Due Date: June 7, 2021

ND Rent Help – Peer Supports (proposed)
[insert link to SPO]
Publication Date: May 22, 2021 (est)
Application Due Date: June 30, 2021 (est)

ND Rent Help – Financial Planning Services (proposed)
[insert link to SPO]
Publication Date: May 22, 2021 (est)
Application Due Date: June 30, 2021 (est)

RETURN to webpage on Housing and Homeless Services Resources or main North Dakota Department of Human Services COVID-19 Information and Resources


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