For many people throughout the state of Minnesota the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused drastic financial loss making many get behind on rent and bills. Thankfully protection was put into place that protected tenants from being evicted if they fell behind on rent. But now some help may be on the way.

A new program called RentHelpMN will help people catch up on rent and bills as far back as March 13 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is currently in phase one and so they are trying to help people who are currently behind on rent and bills.

It is very important for people to apply for this assistance before the emergency order that Governor Walz declared expires allowing landlords to evict tenants behind on rent. To qualify for the program you must be renting from a property owner, be impacted financially because of  the COVID-19 Pandemic, have an income at or below 80% of the area median income in your community and be behind on rent.

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Red Roof Housing in Duluth is trying to get the word out about the program as quickly as possible and Jeff Corey, Executive Director said to WDIO:

One Roof exists to make home a better place for people in our community and this is one of the things that we can do to do that now. If you have not been able to have income sufficient to make rent and utility payments because of COVID related job loss or reduction in employment, this is for you.

If you or someone you know needs help you can apply for the program at  renthelpmn.org or call 211 between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday through Saturday.

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