Minnesotans behind on rent can apply for a new state assistance program

Low- and moderate-income Minnesotans struggling to pay their rent during the pandemic can now apply for a new state assistance program that uses $375 million in federal stimulus money.

Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho says if you are eligible for back rent, you can also ask for three months to pay it forward, at the same time.

The program can provide rent assistance for up to 15 months in total.

Ho says the best thing that a renter can do is talk to their property manager and go over the checklist of everything that’s required in the application.

For information, visit RentHelpMN.org.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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