Last week, Governor Tim Walz approved $100 million in state funding to support emergency housing assistance. These dollars will come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ACT funds that were designated for Minnesota. These funds will begin to be dispersed to individuals and households needing assistance starting in mid-August through the end of the year.
Greater Twin Cities United Way has been advocating for these funds as a critical way to support individuals and families adversely impacted by COVID-19 to help maintain safe, stable housing during the crisis.
Once the current evictions moratorium ends when the peacetime emergency declaration is over, we are very concerned about a tidal wave of potential evictions due to nonpayment of rent. These funds will provide an extremely important bridge until impacted renters are able to replenish lost income by regaining employment and/or safely returning to work.
We shared the financial strain facing a growing number of Minnesota households, and our state’s leaders, and responded by taking action!
To help unlock this funding, United Way put into action a multi-faceted advocacy plan, including:
This holistic approach exemplifies how we are mobilizing in new and exciting ways, thanks to the support of our donors, nonprofit partners, stakeholders and advocates.
Please join Greater Twin Cities United Way in thanking Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan and Commissioner Ho for listening and responding to the urgent needs of communities via this Action Alert.
We know that “evictions prevention IS homelessness prevention,” and this funding will help maintain housing stability for thousands of individuals and families. Let our leaders know that we appreciate their efforts and that they are making a positive difference in our community.