BI-CAP’s Supportive Housing Program consists of over a dozen different programs utilizing a variety of funding sources including HUD, MN Housing, and DHS. Supportive Housing services range from one-time assistance to on-going case management and rental subsidies. BI-CAP places emphasis on homeless prevention, which is a more effective and efficient resolution to stabilizing households. When prevention is not possible, BI-CAP utilizes the “housing first” strategy of rapidly re-housing participants to mitigate crisis situations and then provides support services to assist participants as they work on housing stability and self-sufficiency goals.
Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
RAP is a rental assistance program funded by MN Housing. BI-CAP administers the subsidy program for 30 families in Beltrami and Cass Counties. Participating families are assisted with a subsidy of up to $400 per month to help make housing affordable for up to 60 months.
Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)
FHPAP is designed to provide direct service assistance to prevent homelessness and to move homeless families into stable housing. This program, funded through MN Housing, is available in Cass and Beltrami Counties.
BI-CAP owns and/or manages 10 scattered-site transitional housing units throughout Beltrami and Cass Counties. Transitional housing is interim shelter between homelessness and permanent housing for families with children. Utilizing the home visiting model, housing specialists and families work together to overcome barriers, develop skills, and create a permanent housing plan.
Beltrami County Housing Locator Program
The Housing Locator program works with Serious Mentally Ill individuals who are referred by Beltrami County caseworkers. The Housing Locator works closely with participants to secure housing and assists the client to locate units and work with landlords.
Emergency Solutions Grant-Rapid Rehousing (ESG-RR)
A program funded through MN Department of Human Services designed to get people into housing as soon as possible with minimal time spent homeless. The program provides for short to medium term rental assistance and accompanying case management to address barriers, identify goals and work toward housing stability. Available to those at or below 30% Area Median Income. Tenants must pay 30% of their income toward rent.
HUD Cass County Scattered-Site Rapid Rehousing
Available for homeless families and individuals. Participants in this program find affordable units on the open market and pay 30% of their income towards rent. Services include case management for up to 24 months to address barriers to housing stability.
DHS Long Term Homeless Services Grant
BI-CAP is one of six partners (five Community Action Agencies, and Evergreen Youth & Family Services) implementing the DHS Service Grant. Service dollars are available to households who are experiencing long-term homelessness by MN State definition. To qualify, participants must have experienced one year of consecutive homelessness or have experienced four episodes of homelessness in three years. This program is available in Cass and Beltrami Counties and is funded by the State Department of Human Services. (DHS)
Long Term Homeless Rental Assistance Program (LTH)
LTH Rental Assistance is accessible to clients who are experiencing long term homelessness. The program provides a rental subsidy based on income for up to 60 months. The program is available in Cass and Beltrami Counties, has the capacity to serve 75 households and is funded by MN Housing.
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds are available in both Cass and Beltrami Counties. A local board for each county, consisting of representatives from various organizations, determines how funds are distributed. BI-CAP’s portion is used primarily for first month’s rent, eviction and foreclosure prevention as well as utility assistance. Portions of the funding are also distributed to other local organizations and agencies such as food shelves, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
Permanent Supportive Housing serves homeless individuals with a documented disability. Participants receive a rental subsidy and accompanying support services. PSH is offered in both Beltrami and Cass Counties.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
BI-CAP is a SNAP Outreach site to provide information regarding SNAP benefits and assist applicants to apply for food support.
To request housing assistance, please call to make an appointment:
Beltrami County: (218) 751-4631 or (800) 332-7161
Cass County: (218) 547-3438 or (800) 332-7135
Beltrami County Housing Triage Hours
9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Call for same day appointment: (218) 751-4631 or (800) 332-7161
*The best time to call and schedule an appointment is 8:00 AM as they fill up fast.
Cass County Housing Triage Hours
By appointment only
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Call for appointment (218) 547-3438 or (800) 332-7135