The Housing Assistance Program works with families, singles, or veterans who are homeless or are at imminent risk of homelessness, or living in shelters to stabilize their lives. By providing services such as budget counseling, assisting with damage deposits, first month's rent, or one month past due rent. Please call 320-251-1612 for more information or  Click here for  an application      

  You may submit the application by email,  fax  320-255-9518,  mail, or drop off at Tri-Cap, 1210 23rd Ave S, PO Box 683, Waite Park, MN 56387.  

Housing Crisis Resources 

Read all program guidelines. You must meet ALL guidelines to be eligible for this program. 


  1. Answer each question, failure to answer a question could result in denial of your application as we would not have all the information needed to determine eligibility.
  2. Have an eviction notice or be currently homeless.
  3. Have a change in income beyond your control within the last 90 days.
  4. Have a source of income at the time of application and be able to afford future rent.
  5. Rent must be affordable. Must be less than 65% of your monthly income.
  6. Have a signed lease or a lease ready to sign if approved for assistance.
  7. Unable to access Emergency Assistance through the county and have not received Emergency Assistance from the county in the last 30 days.
  8. Below 125% of federal poverty guidelines.
  9. Current resident of Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, or Wright County-we cannot assist individuals moving in or out of the four county service area.
  10. If found eligible and approved, Tri-CAP can assist with up to one month of past due rent if facing eviction. If currently homeless, Tri-CAP can assist with damage deposit OR first month's rent.
  11. The assistance provided must resolve your crisis (prevent eviction or homelessness). If you owe more than Tri-CAP can assist with, you will need to provide written documentation stating that you have a payment agreement with your landlord to pay the remaining balance.

Please provide the following documentation with your application:

  • Denial letter from County Emergency Assistance-if county is out of funds, we will not require denial letter. 
  • Proof of income for past 3 months. If income just started, you will need to provide proof of the ability to pay rent moving forward.
  • Copy of your lease-signed by tenant and landlord.
  • Copy of written eviction warning or court notice of eviction dated within the past 30 days.
  • Or verification of homelessness-statement from shelter or place you are currently residing and why you are no longer able to continue staying there. 

A Housing Counselor will contact you and schedule an appointment if eligibility guidelines are met. 

The counselor will assess your situation and explore ways to help you become more stable in your housing situation. 

If approved, the applicant will agree to a minimum of 2 months of case management services and goal planning.