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New program provides relief for Minnesota renters struggling during pandemic

New program provides relief for Minnesota renters struggling during pandemic

Emily Ness
Created: April 22, 2021 10:37 PM

A new program called RentHelpMN will give Minnesotans the opportunity to catch up on overdue rent and utilities.

Those who are approved for the program would receive financial assistance to pay for rent and utilities dating all the way back to March 13th of 2020.

To qualify for the program, tenants must be:

  • Renting from a property owner
  • Impacted financially by COVID-19
  • Have an income at or below 80% of the area median income in their community
  • Be behind in rent

In addition to helping those with past rent issues, the program also hopes to provide assistance for those at risk of falling behind on future rent in time.

The goal is to prevent people from becoming evicted as the federal government gets the COVID-19 pandemic under control and governors, like Minnesota Governor Tim Walz eventually lose their emergency powers to stop evictions from taking place.

In Duluth, One Roof Community Housing is working to spread the word about the program.

"One Roof exists to make home a better place for people in our community and this is one of the things that we can do to do that now," Jeff Corey, Executive Director at One Roof Community Housing said. "If you have not been able to have income sufficient to make rent and utility payments because of COVID related job loss or reduction in employment, this is for you."

Those who would like to apply for the program can do so at renthelpmn.org or call 211 between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday through Saturday.

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