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|About||Tenant Hotline: 612-728-5767. We provide free legal, organizing, educational & advocacy services so Minnesota tenants can solve rental housing problems.|
|Mission||HOME Line provides free legal, organizing, educational and advocacy services so tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. HOME Line works to improve public and private policies relating to rental housing by involving affected tenants in the process.|
HOME Line major programs include: tenant hotline services, tenant organizing and policy advocacy.
Tenant hotline: The hotline is a free service that provides renters throughout Minnesota with legal information regarding their rights as tenants. Lawyers, law students, and community volunteers respond to renter inquiries, providing follow up support and form letters when necessary. The hotline has received over 120,000 calls since 1992 and averages nearly 1,000 calls a month. Tenant advocates and attorneys have also spoken to hundreds of groups; including high schools, social workers, landlords, and local governments, informing the public about Minnesota tenant/landlord laws. The hotline can be reached at: 612-728-5767 / Toll-free outside the metro area: 1-877-877-3546 / Email one of our attorneys here: www.homelinemn.org/email
Tenant organizing: Collective action to help tenants come together and work towards solving common issues. The program focuses on ‘preserving’ federally subsidized apartments and developing tenant leadership to empower those affected to become spokespeople for themselves and their neighbors. Since 1997, HOME Line has helped preserve over 7,000 units of affordable housing. In recent years, HOME Line has also adapted our organizing to work with renters to prevent the loss of affordable market rate housing and to respond to emergency and ongoing repair and substandard housing situations.
Policy advocacy: Through this program, HOME Line builds tenant leadership into local, state, and federal efforts focused on preserving affordable housing and strengthening legal protections for renters. By working with our tenant leaders, HOME Line has helped to establish a grassroots program which enables tenants to collectively work on policy issues that affect rental housing.
We provide free legal information, organizing assistance and advocacy work on behalf of and in collaboration with tenants in Minnesota. To reach or free tenant hotline: 612-728-5767 or toll-free outside Twin Cities metro area: 1-866-866-3546, or email your question to our attorneys here: www.homelinemn.org/email
HOME Line wrote a book on Minnesota tenant rights, How to Be the Smartest Renter on Your Block, to help renters through the process of finding, getting, and maintaining rental housing. Copies and electronic editions are available on our website here: www.homelinemn.org/book
We provide trainings about Minnesota tenant/landlord law for tenants, landlords, and social service providers. Learn about our trainings here: www.homelinemn.org/trainings