COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program Updates
Thank you for your interest in the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program. We have made substantial progress setting up this new program, and there will soon be an announcement about local administrators who will operate it and information on how you can apply for housing assistance. As we get closer to being able to launch the program, here is what you can do to prepare.
1. Determine if you are eligible for COVID-19 Housing Assistance:
To qualify for housing assistance, households must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a Minnesota resident.
- Be a renter or homeowner with an income at or below 300% of federal poverty guidelines, with a preference for those at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines. To see if your income qualifies, see the FY 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- Have an eligible expense that was incurred after March 1, 2020 that is past due. Housing assistance funds can only be used for eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.
- Be unable to make the payment(s) owed because of the public health emergency due to unemployment, illness, or another COVID-19 related issue.
What expenses may be eligible for assistance?
Eligible expenses are bills that must be paid in order to avoid displacement from your home. Expenses must be past their due date. Eligible expenses may include:
- Rent payments
- Mortgage payments (including home insurance and property taxes in certain situations)
- Contract for deed payments
- Manufactured home park lot rents
- Manufactured home payments
- Utility payments
- Association fees
- Additional housing-related costs approved by Minnesota Housing
Please note that all approved housing assistance payments will be made directly to the entity with the past due expense. Payments cannot be made directly to households.
2. If you think you will be eligible to apply, gather the appropriate documentation:
- One form of personal identification:
- Drivers license/State ID
- Passport # (not limited to United States passports)
- Social Security Number
- Alien Registration Number
- Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
- Other forms of identification may be accepted
- Verification of current income (paystubs, benefit letter, proof of unemployment) from the prior 30 days.
- The invoice or other verification of balance owed for rent, mortgage payment, utility bill, etc.
- Information for where payment should be made: Landlord, property management company, utility company, homeowner association, etc.
If you are not able to provide the required information, you can discuss alternatives with your selected program administrator.