If you need help due to the impact of COVID-19, there are still state resources available, but time to apply is running out.
“We want Minnesotans who can’t pay rent or another housing-related bill for December to know that they have until midnight Monday to contact 211 for help,” the commissioner said at Minnesota Housing, Jennifer Ho. “There are still COVID-19 housing relief funds available. And getting help is a win-win situation for everyone.
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Thursday encouraged Minnesotans who are behind on rent, mortgage or utility payments to apply for the administration’s housing assistance program.
Minnesotans seeking housing assistance should call 211 or apply to 211unitedway.org before Monday, December 7 at midnight. The Greater Twin Cities United Way 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions.
“The importance of stable housing has never been clearer than during this pandemic,” Governor Walz said. “As Minnesotans struggle to make ends meet, we are taking action to help people keep their homes and to provide options for those experiencing homelessness. We know that more is needed, and that is why we will strive to obtain additional funds at the next special session.
At the start of the pandemic, Governor Walz issued a moratorium on evictions related to the peacetime emergency that prevents residents from being evicted from their homes due to non-payment. Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan then announced the $100 million housing assistance package on July 14, 2020.
Since then, more than 28,000 Minnesotans have applied from all over the state, requesting more than $67 million in assistance. With the support of the Minnesota State Legislature, more than $190 million in total state and federal assistance has also been directed toward housing stability and homelessness during the pandemic.
“Secure and stable housing is a public health concern, which is why we have made housing and homelessness the cornerstone of our response to COVID-19,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan.
“We need to maintain support at all levels of government to keep people housed, to connect people to housing, and to create protective spaces for people to weather this long winter.”