State House lawmakers are proposing a $100 million stimulus package to help Minnesotans impacted by job losses during COVID-19 cover their rent. Governor Tim Walz has put in place an executive order suspending evictions during the pandemic, but renters still need to pay their rent.

“Ultimately Minnesotans can’t stay home and stay safe if they can’t afford the roof over their heads, that’s why we need to show urgency to pass housing assistance for Minnesotans and to do so very quickly.”

Representative Mike Howard of Richfield says conversations have begun with members in the state Senate. Lawmakers plan to discuss the proposal more on April 14th. As of today, around 255,000 Minnesota workers have filed for unemployment insurance.