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Posted on: November 5, 2020

Funding now available to cover costs of unpaid rent due to COVID-19

Emergency funding is now available to support owners of affordable rental housing in Hennepin County. To help cover costs of unpaid rent, rental property owners can apply for housing assistance funds on behalf of tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Eligibility
     * Document uncollected rent from March 1 through the application date.
     * Demonstrate rent paid for the units is below this amount:
         * Efficiency: $1,448
         * 1 Bedroom: $1,552
         * 2 Bedroom: $1,860
         * 3 Bedroom: $2,150
         * 4 Bedroom: $2,400
      * Provide tenant attestations of inability to pay rent due to COVID-19

Units with Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers and Project Based Section 8 units are not eligible.

To apply for assistance, visit: https://housinglink.org/List/hennepin-county-rental-property-support-program

Program Goals
While there is a current moratorium on evictions in the state of Minnesota, rent is still due and tenants will be responsible for unpaid rent once the moratorium is lifted. 

The funding is intended to:
     * Prevent tenant evictions and rising homelessness
     * Reduce rental property foreclosures, sales and rent increases
     * Stabilize affordable housing owners at a time when there may be new costs to  implement public health measures for tenants and employees.
     *Stabilize affordable housing rental markets and preserve affordable housing options into the future

Contact
For questions about the program, or your application contact:
Neisha Anderson
nanderson@housinglink.org
612-767-4682 ext 121
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