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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Unemployment Insurance

Were your work hours reduced or eliminated? Apply for unemployment insurance. Apply online in English, Hmong, Somali or Spanish.  Do you speak a language other than English, Hmong, Somali, or Spanish? If so, call 651-296-3644 to start the application process....

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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Hennepin County Rental Assistance

Hennepin County residents who have been financially harmed by COVID-19 may qualify for emergency assistance to help with rent and other housing costs.  Eligibility You may qualify for emergency rental assistance if you: Rent your housing anywhere in Hennepin County Had household income below 50% of the area median income (about $46,550 for a househo...

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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Stimulus Payments, Income and Housing

How do unemployment and stimulus payments impact income requirements for HUD housing? Because the stimulus assistance is technically an advance tax credit, and because the up to $600 per week federal unemployment insurance payments issued under the CARES Act are temporary, they are not to be included in calculations of income. However, regular payme...

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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Problem with your landlord?

Do you have a problem with your landlord that is hard to figure out? Whether it is talking about problems paying rent, getting repairs done, or something else, mediation can help. Check out the free services offered by Community Mediation Minnesota. Learn more here....

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Updated June 4th, 2020 by Josh Dye

Need a place to live?

Decision Tree Do you have a voucher or subsidy? Yes No Add Button How many bedrooms do you need? 0-1 2 3 4+ Add Button Here are some 0-1 bedroom places that will accept a voucher. See the list Here are some 2 bedroom places that will accept a voucher: See the list Here are some 3 bedroom places that will accept a voucher: See the list Here are some ...

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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Utilities

Do you need help paying your gas and electric bills because of COVID-19? Xcel energy will waive late fees and stop service disconnections if they are because of a COVID-19 hardship. Call 1-800-895-4999 for more information. CenterPoint Energy will waive late fees and stop service disconnections if they are because of a COVID-19 hardship. Call 1-800-...

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Updated September 16th, 2020 by Josh Dye

Program Administrator List

The link below is a list of program administrators and the services they provide through the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program.  Services include things like rent payments, mortgage payments, utility payments, payments of homeowners association dues, and homeowners insurance payments.  Program Administrator List...

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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Emergency Assistance in Minnesota

Do you need help paying for rent, food, or childcare? If so, apply for emergency assistance.  Contact your county human services agency to get started....

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Updated July 24th, 2020 by Josh Dye

Evictions

Due to COVID-19, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order that stops most evictions, lease terminations, and Writs of Recovery during the peacetime emergency. In short, during this time you can't get evicted for non-payment of rent.  Learn more about the executive order here....

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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Free Food

Struggling to pay for food? Find food shelves and free meals near you: Hunger Solutions Minneapolis Public Schools is providing meals for its students. Learn more St. Paul Public Schools is providing meals for its students. Learn more Do you need long-term food benefits (SNAP)? Apply here ...

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Updated June 3rd, 2020 by Josh Dye

Stimulus Payment Checks

The IRS has stated that the fastest way to receive your stimulus check is to ensure you’ve filed your 2018 or 2019 tax return. Your 2019 return (or 2018 if 2019 hasn’t yet been submitted) will determine eligibility and money will be automatically sent to those who qualify. Check the IRS website for updates here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus  Who’...

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Olmsted County Rental Assistance

How to qualify for the program: Must live in Olmsted County, MN Documented loss of income since March 2020. Unemployment reduction. Temporary income is below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). Less than $2,000 in bank accounts. Tenant pays 30% of income, including unemployment benefits, in rent (the remainder is paid by the HRA). Tenant must otherwise...

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