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Attention: Landlords. Provide Homes for Veterans.

Homes for Veterans offers landlords the opportunity to confidently open the door to Veterans currently experiencing homelessness. Significant resources have been invested in Minnesota’s efforts to end Veteran homelessness, and providers are working together to find homes for Veterans, but a critical link to housing process is landlords in the community.

If you are a landlord wanting to provide a home to a hero, MDVA can offer you the support, financial incentive, and risk protection that makes doing the right thing the smartest thing. Any landlord in Minnesota can be eligible. In addition to making a positive difference in the lives of local Veterans, partnering with Homes for Veterans provides landlords security and peace of mind.

YouTube Link - Ending Veteran Homelessness: One Veteran at a TimeVeterans in the program receive support in the form of monetary rental assistance, case management, and supportive services. In short, this program helps those who have served our country find and secure the housing they need.

If you have a unit coming available now – or three months from now, we want to connect with you. Complete this short form to begin the simple process.

Funds are limited and are only available until they are exhausted.

Specifics of the Program

Any landlord willing to rent to a Veteran experiencing homelessness can be eligible for three separate funds.

Vacancy Relief Fund

We understand Property Managers strive to fill open rental units in a timely and efficient manner. The rental application process with an eligible Veterans may sometimes require a little more time. To offset this, after you approve an eligible Veteran’s rental application, you are eligible for the Vacancy Relief Fund that will provide up to one months’ rent while the Veteran prepares to move in. To apply for this fund, please complete the following steps: 

  1. Submit required documentation to homelessprograms.mdva@state.mn.us within 45 days after the Veteran moves in, to be compensated for the time your unit was vacant.
    1. Homes for Veterans Incentive Funds Application
    2. Signed lease
    3. Apartment turnover paperwork
    4. Invoice with the eligible Veterans full name included
  2. If you have any process questions or updates, contact Derek Holt at Derek.Holt@state.mn.us
  3. To be eligible, the Veteran must be on the MDVA Homeless Veteran Registry and be assigned a high barrier score.

Incentive Fund

During our commitment to ending Veteran homelessness in the State of Minnesota, we have identified some Veterans with more complex rental barriers than others. If you agree to assist these eligible Veterans and accept a rental application with a one-year lease, you can apply for the Incentive Fund. The fund will provide a one-time payment of $1,000.. To apply for this fund, please complete the following steps:

  1. Submit required documentation to homelessprograms.mdva@state.mn.us within 45 days after the Veteran moves in, to then receive the Incentive Fund.
    1. Homes for Veterans Incentive Funds Application
    2. Signed lease
    3. Move in checklist, with photos
    4. Invoice with the eligible Veteran's full name included 
  2. If you have any process questions or updates, contact Derek Holt at Derek.Holt@state.mn.us
  3. To be eligible, the Veteran must be on the MDVA Homeless Veteran Registry and be assigned a high barrier score.

Risk Mitigation Fund

The Risk Mitigation Fund is designed to cover property loss at an apartment after an eligible Veteran moves out of your rental property. This fund can cover up to $2,000 beyond the security deposit, acting as an insurance policy if something does happen during your participation in this program. To apply for this fund, please complete the following steps:

  1. Submit required documentation to homelessprograms.mdva@state.mn.us within 45 days after the Veteran move in, to ensure payment of the Mitigation Fund should something happen to your unit following a Veterans move out.
    1. Homes for Veterans Incentive Funds Application
    2. Signed lease
    3. Move in checklist, with photos
    4. Signed Cooperation Agreement
    5. Upon Veteran vacating the unit, provide the following:
      1. Move out checklist, with photos
      2. Invoice with the eligible Veterans full name included
    6. If you have any process questions or updates, contact Derek Holt at Derek.Holt@state.mn.us
    7. If you did not receive Vacancy Relief Funds or Incentive Funds and want to access this program, please notify the MDVA Homeless Programs Office upon client move in.
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