COVID-19 Aid Still Available To Tenants!
Emergency financial aid is still available for tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19! If you have been having a hard time paying rent or your utility bills due to the ongoing pandemic, it is not too late to receive financial assistance. There are a number of resources available at the state and local level.
State Financial Assistance:
The Minnesota COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction and maintain housing stability. The aid can only be used for fees that are past due but can be used toward late rent, maintenance and utility payments. But the deadline to apply is coming up quick - December 7th!
To qualify for housing assistance, households must meet all of the criteria listed below:
Be a Minnesota resident.
Be a renter or homeowner with an income at or below 300% of federal poverty guidelines, with a preference for those at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
Have an eligible expense that was incurred after March 1, 2020 that is past due. Housing assistance funds can only be used for eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.
Be unable to make the payment(s) owed because of the public health emergency due to unemployment, illness, or another COVID-19 related issue.
If you currently receive rental assistance that adjusts with income (i.e. Housing Choice voucher, project-based assistance, or another form of state or federal rental assistance), you are generally not eligible to apply for rental assistance in the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program. You may still apply for assistance with eligible utility expenses.
Apply now by dialing 211 or visit www.HousingHelpMN.org.
For Ramsey County Residents:
Ramsey County residents who have lost income due to COVID-19 and need help paying for housing costs may be eligible for Emergency Assistance.
Adults with children and those who are pregnant can receive up to $5,500 in housing assistance.
Single adults can receive up to $3,000 in housing assistance.
Families and single adults can receive up to $3,000 in utility assistance and/or for repairs for vehicles used for work transportation.
Emergency Assistance helps pay for past due rent payments, a damage deposit, and utilities (such as water and electricity).
You may be eligible for Emergency Assistance if you:
Are a Ramsey County resident.
Do not have enough resources to resolve your crisis (such as past due rent, mortgage, utilities, or car repairs for work transportation).
Can show that you will have enough income to pay your bills moving forward.
Can show that your income is lower than 300% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
For Hennepin County Residents:
You may qualify for money to help cover your housing costs if you:
Have current household income at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (about $65,160 for a family of three)
Lost income due to COVID-19
Have past due housing costs or can't afford your housing costs this month
Are not currently receiving Section 8 or other rental assistance
If you are having trouble paying for housing and other expenses but do not meet the above criteria, you may still qualify for help through Hennepin County's Emergency Assistance and Emergency General Assistance programs.
Emergency funding can be used for:
Manufactured home park lot rents
Manufactured home payments
Mortgage payments for the home you live in
To apply for Hennepin County assistance, click HERE.