Family Rise Together

Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)


FHPAP is funded through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA, also known as Minnesota Housing). The purpose of the program is to support a comprehensive system to prevent homelessness and to assist people experiencing homelessness. 

The goals of FHPAP are to:

  • Prevent homelessness
  • Minimize the number of people who are unhoused
  • Eliminate repeated episodes of homelessness

FHPAP can be utilized for rent, deposits, and utilities to support households obtain stability who have experienced a crisis that led to risk of homelessness. If you are behind on your rent or utilities, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Family Rise Together accepts FHPAP clients that have been referred to us through the St. Louis County Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinated Entry (CE) system.


FHPAP assists families with or without children, single adults, and unaccompanied young people (ages 18 – 24) who are unhoused or at imminent risk of homelessness.

Eligible households of FHPAP assistance must meet the following criteria:

  • Income must be at or below 200 % of federal poverty guidelines
  • Must be Minnesota residents
  • Must be homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness and in need of services and/or financial assistance due to a housing crisis

How to Apply

The gateway to accessing FHPAP in St. Louis County is the Coordinated Entry System (CES).

All households who are at risk of being unhoused or experiencing homelessness can call 2-1-1 to connect with someone who can refer you to us at Family Rise Together to apply for FHPAP Rental Assistance.

A household who is experiencing homelessness or in housing but able to maintain with some assistance are scheduled an appointment with a housing assessor. There are also walk-in assessments available in the Duluth area on Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. at the Damiano Center (206 W 4th Street, Duluth MN 55802).

What FHPAP Funds Can Cover

We can provide a one-time payment to cover late rent, rental application fees, late mortgage, rent deposits, first month’s rent, utilities, transportation assistance, vital documents, moving expenses, furniture, household supplies, and work clothing.

FHPAP Services

Family Rise Together can offer the following FHPAP services to each household for 1-12 months. Case Management including financial management and budgeting; life skills such as household cleaning, cooking, etc.; employment training and support; mental health and substance use services; referrals to resources, including but not limited to, cash and non-cash benefits, legal aid, childcare, mental health/chemical health, employment, and financial assistance; tenant education; housing search and placement (if moving); landlord mediation; education & engagement; family crisis/conflict mediation; legal assistance—escrow, habitability, expungement, and outstanding warrants; and established services/partnerships for immigrant populations.