Minnesota Housing Agency officials announced that the state’s emergency rental assistance program, set up in response to the COVID pandemic, will not be accepting any more applications after 9pm Friday (1/28) because the program is running out of federal funds. Democratic Representatives Alice Hausman from Saint Paul and Michael Howard from Richfield are calling on the governor, House and Senate to work together to provide assistance for renters. Hausman says:
“The eviction moratorium helped for a little while, the eviction notice (requirement) helped for a little while, but this isn’t going to go away. This is going to be with us.”
Republican Senator Rich Draheim from Madison Lake accuses state Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho of mismanaging RentHelpMN every step of the way. Draheim says a month ago we could see the program running out of money and the need to have a plan in place that gave adequate notice to Minnesotans.