The Salvation Army is partnering with the State of Minnesota to help distribute funds from the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program—an initiative to help those impacted by the pandemic.

Supported by funding from the federal government’s 2020 CARES Act, the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program is allocating $100 million in housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and in Minnesota.

The Salvation Army is one of several dozen organizations selected by the state to help distribute these funds to residents throughout the state. The program is open to Minnesota residents who rent, and whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

“This grant will enable the Mankato Salvation Army to make a significant and positive impact on those who have fallen on hard times due to COVID-19,” said Lt. Andrew Wheeler, leader of the Mankato Salvation Army. “This level of support from the State of Minnesota is remarkable.”

The process to apply is entirely contactless, helping to maintain the health of those who apply and those who administer the program. Anyone interested in applying for funds should visit http://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/np/covid19housingassistanceprogramFAQ for more information and to see if they qualify.

For those who qualify and are ready to apply, applicants can visit www.211unitedway.org to get started, or call 800-543-7709.