Walz unveils $100M housing assistance plan

On Tuesday, Gov. Walz announced a $100 million housing assistance program aimed at preventing evictions and maintaining housing stability for individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds for the program will come from the state’s allocation made available through the federal CARES Act.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit families across the state hard. I’ve said throughout this fight that my top priority is Minnesotans’ safety, health, and wellbeing. And we know that stable housing is key to safety, health, and wellbeing,” said Gov. Walz in a press release announcing the program. “We hope this program will bring some relief to Minnesotans across the state who are struggling to afford their bills because of the pandemic.”

Also included was an announcement that the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) launched a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program request for proposals to select local organizations, including local units of government, to administer the housing assistance program. Grants are available from MHFA for administrators to conduct community outreach, accept and process applications, validate eligibility, and process payments.

More information about the grant program and the grant administration is available at mnhousing.gov/covid19housingassistanceprogram.