Skip to main content

Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA)

Bridges Rental Assistance Program

1228 Town Centre Dr, Eagan, MN, 55123-1066

Distance: 1035 Miles

(651) 675-4543


Service Details


Helps people with mental illness avoid homelessness by providing them with temporary rental assistance in their community. This allows people to have housing while they are on a waiting list for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers or other permanent housing subsidy programs. Housing support services are provided to participants through a local mental health authority.

Subsidies are determined by a calculation using gross income. The resident's rent is based on the resident's income.

Funding from the program may be used:
* To pay rent directly to a landlord
* For security and utility deposits
* To pay for the full rent, for up to 90 days, during medical or psychiatric crisis

A similar program called Bridges Regional Treatment Center (Bridges RTC) offers temporary rental assistance for people with mental illness who are exiting Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center or Forensic Services at St. Peter.


  • Specialization
    • Mental health 


Recipients must:
* Be 18 years of age or over
* Have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness as defined in the MN Comprehensive Mental Health Act
* Have a household income at or below 50 percent of the area median income
* Bridges RTC households must meet the Bridges eligibility and be discharging or recently discharged either from Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center or Forensic Services at St. Peter.

Since the program will serve as a transition to a permanent subsidy, program recipients and organizations providing housing will need to follow rules for:
* Provision of income verification
* Leasing procedures
* Federal housing quality standards
* Payment standards limits to cap program rents

Application Instructions

Referral to the program must be made by a mental health professional. The program is administered to participants by the local housing agency in communities where eligible applicants live. This program may be full or may have a waiting list.

To apply for Bridges contact Sarah Rensenbrink at (651) 675-4538

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

Dakota County


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (651) 675-4400
General Information (651) 675-4400 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Last Update


Other Locations

This provider does not offer this service at other locations.

Taxonomy Terms Used. Clicking a taxonomy term from the list below launches a new search.: Clicking a taxonomy term from the list below launches a new search.