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Across Minnesota, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households, whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income. Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.KeyFacts175,319Or28%Renter households that are extremely low income$26,440Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-104,314Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$42,705Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.63%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.
Governor Walz announced a plan to provide $100 million in funding for housing assistance beginning September 1. The $100 million is the single biggest designation from the federal CARES COVID-19 relief funds for Minnesota, Walz said, and is coupled with $26 million that was already designated for emergency homeless help. https://tinyurl.com/yxnkzjvy
Updated on July 16, 2020.
Minnesota lawmakers are considering $100 million in funding for a rental assistance program. https://tinyurl.com/y9zuql9c
City Description Source Minneapolis Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey unveiled Friday a plan to give $5 million in assistance to tenants and small businesses struggling with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan sets aside roughly $3 million for rental assistance. The mayor said he hopes the programs — collectively called the Gap Funding Plan — will help cover needs that aren’t met by state and federal aid. The city will not consider immigration status in determining individuals’ eligibility for help. https://tinyurl.com/y8a8xm3d Northfield Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday committed to setting aside up to $53,600 assistance to help with rent payments. https://tinyurl.com/y98n8zo6 Olmsted Olmsted County is establishing a rental assistance program for people who have lost their jobs or had hours slashed because of the pandemic. The participant pays 30 percent of their income in rent, and then the HRA will make up the difference. https://tinyurl.com/y9bw4ayt Richfield The Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority showed its unanimous support for city renters at risk of housing instability during the COVID-19 pandemic. The HRA authorized $30,000 in emergency rental assistance for Richfield renters to be administered by Volunteers Enlisted in Assisting People, known as VEAP. https://tinyurl.com/ybwfkcrb St. Paul The Saint Paul Bridge Fund for Families will provide families $1,000 of direct assistance for rent or mortgage payments. https://tinyurl.com/y8r5g2bo
Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.
Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:
No information at this time.
Minneapolis organizers have begun to move people residing in the Powderhorn Park encampment to other parks due to size and safety concerns of the Powderhorn encampment. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on July 15 voted to restrict the growing number of encampments in parks across the city.
Updated on July 28, 2020.
Governor Tim Walz on July 14 announced a $100 million housing assistance program, which will be funded through the CARES Act. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency launched a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program Request for Proposals to select local organizations to administer the rent relief.
An episode of NPR’s “All Things Considered” reported on Powderhorn Park, a Minneapolis encampment that has grown to 550 tents. The leader of Hennepin County’s Office to End Homelessness discussed how the pandemic has strained service providers, and Eric Tars at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty expressed concern about the rise of homelessness that will likely occur when eviction moratoriums expire.
Updated on July 20, 2020.
Hundreds of people are now living in an encampment in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board served 72-hour eviction notices to people residing in the encampment on June 12, but rescinded the notices when the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness announced that this would violate the governor’s executive order. Hennepin County’s Healthcare for the Homeless team reported that they are trying to connect people in Powderhorn Park and other encampments to housing and shelter, but the system is strained.
Updated on July 13, 2020.
Minneapolis community activists have turned a former Sheraton hotel into a shelter for people experiencing homelessness who have been displaced by the protests and curfew. Many of the residents came from a nearby encampment that was cleared last Thursday due to its proximity to the protests.
Updated on June 12, 2020.
The director of the Olmstead County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) announced that it will focus on developing a housing strategy to find permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. The HRA has been working with local hotels to house veteran, families, and people who are at high-risk of severe illness.
Ramsey County allocated up to $1.8 million on March 17 to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 at local homeless shelters. The county and local nonprofits have partnered to acquire 60 hotel rooms and three meals a day for seniors experiencing homelessness and are working to acquire additional hotel rooms.
Hennepin County and Minnesota health officials have been working to protect people experiencing homelessness by acquiring local hotel rooms for temporary shelter. The effort has reduced crowding by more than 50% at Hennepin County’s largest shelters. The county has spent $4.3 million on the relocation efforts and projects monthly ongoing costs of $1.6 million to continue the program.
More than 300 health care workers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and social workers signed a petition urging state and local officials to address the immediate survival needs of people experiencing homelessness. Read the op-ed in the Star Tribune here.
After issuing an executive order on March 25 prohibiting law enforcement from clearing encampments, Governor Tim Walz reversed his position on April 29. Emergency Executive Order 20-47 allows homeless encampments to be swept if they pose health and safety risks.
The Star Tribune examined the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in Minnesota. State officials acknowledged that COVID-19 was exacerbating existing racial and economic inequities and that Minnesota is working to expand testing capacity.
Several churches in Springfield are opening their buildings as day shelters for people experiencing homelessness throughout May. Visitors will have access to laundry, showers, and shelter. More than 30 organizations have agreed to establish day shelters across Springfield.
The Minnesota Heading Home Alliance released a map estimating the number of isolation and protection beds needed at a county/tribal level using 2019 “point-in-time” unsheltered counts and shelter beds.
County officials across Minnesota are working to move homeless individuals at high risk for COVID into hotels to stop the spread of the disease. Already, Hennepin County has helped move about 260 people into three hotels, and St. Louis County in northern Minnesota is securing another 90 hotel rooms. These efforts have eased dangerous crowding in emergency shelters while preventing a broader outbreak among the homeless.
Service providers and officials in Minnesota are working to increase shelter room and procure hotel rooms for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Minnesota legislature recently approved a $330 million COVID-19 assistance bill which included $26.5 million for homeless services and more.
Minneapolis creates $5 million COVID-19 relief fund to help renters that is available to undocumented residents.
Olmsted County is preparing 30 single-occupancy rooms to house people experiencing homelessness as the county will close its nightly center in Mayo Civic Center. The county will reserve the thirty rooms for people experiencing homelessness who are “willing to work with county staff to meet established goals.”
Updated on June 22, 2020.
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Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.
The Governor's executive order is in place until the end of the peacetime emergency, which is currently scheduled for Aug 12. Evictions cannot be filed against tenants in nonpayment, remaining after the lease has ended, or breaking the terms of your lease; but they can be filed in emergencies (harm is being done to others).
Updated on August 1, 2020.
In the third week of July, 18.5% of adults in Minnesota reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 98,286 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.
Based on current projections, 133,000 evictions could be filed in the next four months, thirteen times more than in a typical year.
Updated: July 29
According to a weekly Census survey, 93,758 renters in Minnesota reported they had not paid their June rent, with an additional 2,189 reporting they had deferred their June rent payment. In response to the growing crisis, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is considering terminating Minneapolis parks as a refuge space, limiting the protections to only 10 parks with 10 encampments per park.
Updated: July 16COVID-19 Resources Other
What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d
Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb