Twin Cities residents seeking housing aid have until 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 7 to apply for available assistance from The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program. The program is for residents who are behind on their rent, mortgage and utility payments as a result of unemployment and underemployment during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The program is the state’s response to give housing stability during the pandemic. In a public briefing last week, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan called the state’s housing crisis a public health issue. “And homelessness is a public health issue. Minnesota has faced a housing crisis for a very long time, and the pandemic has only exposed and exacerbated that crisis.”

The state also has an eviction moratorium, which has helped in part, but affected residents know that they will have to pay remaining balances and assume regular payments once the moratorium is lifted. The program with the assistance of nonprofits has helped ease a looming financial burden for more than 28,000 of their applicants. 

If you or someone you know needs assistance with housing costs, call 2-1-1 or apply online at 211unitedway.org by 11:59 p.m. Monday.