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Minnesota Valley Action Council COVID-19 Update

New COVID Economic Relief Bill 2021 Now called RENT HELP MN

Renters, do you need help paying your rent? Landlords, do you have tenants behind on rent? Help is on the way!

The RentHelpMN Information Session was recorded, includes ASL interpretation and close captioning and is posted here:

Spanish, Hmong, and Somali webinar and PowerPoint slides translations will be available soon at

For more information and to access RentHelpMN Get Ready checklists please go to Once the application launches, it will also be available on that webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact United Way 211, the call center for RentHelpMN:
Call 2-1-1
Toll Free: 800-543-7709
Local: 651-291-0211
Text your zip code
to 898-211*
24-7 / Confidential / All Languages

Please note: The State of Minnesota’s rental assistance program is called COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance, which is operating under the banner of RentHelpMN.


MVAC has temporarily closed all offices to the public.  Call your county office for assistance. We are still working and will assist you over the phone, by email, etc.  Direct contact is no longer taking place for everyone’s safety. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

AGAIN Thrift and More and our New Ulm Thrift Store

AGAIN Thrift and More is open!  The Sunday Half Price clothing sale is suspended until further notice.

The New Ulm Thrift Store opening: NEW TEMPORARY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am- 5pm; Sunday noon – 4 Closed on Monday

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM applications are available here for the October 1, 2020 – September 31, 2021 season. Please remember our offices are closed to the public.