How to Apply for Rent Assistance with Lifting of COVID Protection Measures – WCCO
Minneapolis (WCCO) All remaining pandemic-era eviction protections expire Tuesday, except for renters with pending assistance requests, and tenant advocates are calling on people who are still eligible to apply.
The “off-slope” eviction moratorium that state lawmakers have passed amounts to a key criterion that allows all lease terminations and evictions to resume. The required 15-day notice to vacate will expire for non-payment of rent.
But Tuesday does not mark the end of access to aid. There are still hundreds of millions of dollars available. Federal coronavirus relief packages have sent more than $673 million to the state for rent assistance, with $528 million earmarked for RentHelpMN, which is operated by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. Applications are accepted until June 1 of next year. You can apply Online Or by calling 211.
“[A submitted application] “It puts you on hold and that gives you the protection you need,” said Jennifer Ho, Minnesota Housing Commissioner. “Things are changing a little bit today, but the most important thing is that if you qualify, you should apply.”
HOME Line, a non-profit organization that works on behalf of tenants, stress the importance of From appearing to a court hearing if an eviction request is filed—regardless of the pending request for assistance—because “eviction is almost certain if the tenant does not appear for the hearing.”
Weekly eviction filings have increased steadily since June when the ramp started, according to tracked data evacuation lab. There were 184 files in the week ending October 3.
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The Minnesota system sparked criticism from housing groups and individuals working with affected residents who say the application process is cumbersome and slow, restricting much-needed assistance to both renters and landlords who need to pay their bills.
The latest information shows that the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency has processed more than 26,000 payments totaling about $129 million. But that’s about half of the roughly 50,000 requests for $303 million in aid, Country data appears.
Luke Grundman, director of attorney for the condominium at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, said the process is “unnecessarily complicated,” especially for tenants who don’t have access to a computer. He added that eviction issues handled by Hennepin County Legal Aid have tripled since the ramp began, and that there was a “very real possibility” that the biggest rise was yet to come.
“The money is available, we just need to remove some of these obstacles and difficulties in the way of getting the money to the landlords so that families are not homeless just before winter,” he said.
Grundman praised Minnesota Housing for some of the changes it made to make the application easier, such as self-checking instead of submitting some documents. However, he said, there should be more options like this for other information.
Hu said the state agency continues to receive new applications every day and is speeding up the process. State data shows it has paid out $28 million since October 4 alone — more than 20% of all payments.
She blamed the structure of federal law and the standards set in aid.
“I know people wanted it to be fast, but I will say it wasn’t, and the people who gave us money to be fast didn’t imagine it,” she said. “It was designed to be precise.”
National Coalition for Low Income Housing Minnesota ranks 12NS in the nation To distribute residential relief.