What expenses are eligible for assistance?

Written By Penny C (Administrator)

Updated at December 8th, 2020

As of December 8, 2020, the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program is no longer accepting applications or new assistance requests. 

The COVID-19 Assistance Program is funded by federal dollars through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and this funding expires on December 31, 2020. Local administrators need the rest of December to review and process as many applications as possible.

Local program administrators continue to process applications in January 2021.  (Applications being processed in January 2021, met submission deadlines in December 2020.)

If needed to maintain housing security, avoid displacement, and are past their due date, eligible expenses can include:

  • Rent payments
  • Mortgage payments (including escrowed property taxes* and insurance)**
  • Contract for deed payments
  • Manufactured home park lot rents
  • Manufactured home payments
  • Utility payments
  • Homeowner's association dues.
  • Homeowner’s insurance
  • Additional housing related costs approved by Minnesota Housing

* Property tax payments are eligible only in cases of foreclosure prevention.

**For mortgages covered under the CARES Act, homeowners are required to contact their mortgage servicer to obtain a special forbearance, a loan modification, and/or set up a repayment plan.

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