Housing Assistance

As a Community Action Agency, Three Rivers has the unique ability to link participating individuals and families to a wide range of both agency and community based supports to help the household meet the goal of lasting residential stability.  Three Rivers delivers wrap-around service delivery strategies that target the most vulnerable households experiencing homelessness in our community, while striving to produce outcomes that demonstrate success in the areas of housing stability and overall improved household wellness. Three Rivers’ philosophy of service focuses on the strengths and the potential of participants rather than on weaknesses, problems or barriers.

Households must reside in Goodhue, Olmsted, Rice or Wabasha Counties.

Prevention Assistance:

Homeless Prevention funds assist families and individuals facing eviction with back-rent payments and landlord-tenant negotiation assistance. Case management includes services such as transportation assistance, information/referral and landlord tenant law training with the goal of achieving housing stability moving forward. 

Rapid Re-Housing: 

Three Rivers’ Rapid Re-housing (RRH) Program provides short-term rent assistance and/or deposit for individuals and families with children who are homeless to get into permanent affordable housing where the participant is the leaseholder and chooses their own apartment according to their needs.  RRH includes case management services such as life skills training, transportation assistance, information/referral, landlord tenant law training and utility assistance for up to six months with the goal of obtaining and subsequently maintaining stable housing. Households will be assessed and prioritized using the Coordinated Entry System.

Long-Term Assistance:

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Program provides high-barrier households experiencing homelessness with affordable rental housing and supportive services that assist participants with maintaining housing stability, improving overall wellness, engaging in the community and leading successful lives. PSH targets households that need intensive case management services due to challenges such as significant and persistent mental health issues and chemical dependency. Households will be assessed and prioritized using the Coordinated Entry System (see Support Services Home Page).

Equal Access Rule

Three Rivers complies with the Equal Access Rule. Please read the Department policy.

Funding Provided by:

  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • MN Housing Finance Agency (MHFA)
  • Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)

For More Information:

Call 1-800-277-8418 to complete an intake over the phone to address any needs the household may have. This intake will be sent to the appropriate Housing Advocate who will complete a comprehensive assessment either in person or over the phone. The household will be asked to provide verifications as required.  Services available will vary by county and community.