Updated: April 07, 2021 05:35 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 05:07 PM
(ABC 6 News) - If you have fallen behind on rent or utility payments during the pandemic, Minnesota is getting ready to help you keep your place to live.
The current renter's moratorium expires in June, which means landlords will once again be able to evict you if you are behind on payments. And state leaders said that is not fair.
"I expect that we will use all of the money that's been allocated in the state. That's why it's so important that we make sure the system is running well when we open it up," Jennifer Ho, Minnesota Housing commissioner said.
This program, called Rent Help MN, will help renters cover any past due rent or utilities back to March of last year.
"This is really exciting and it's going to solve a really stressful and anxiety-producing problem for people who haven't been able to pay," Ho said.
The website currently has checklists to help renters get ready to apply because the program is only in the beginning stages. Leaders expect it to be up and running by the end of the month.
The non-profit Three Rivers Community Action Inc. is helping walk renters in Southeast Minnesota through the process.
"Helping them get the verifications that they may need. A lot of our staff is bilingual, so those families who don't speak English or are more diverse in nature, making sure that they understand the process," Randi Callahan, the family advocacy manager and Three Rivers, said.
Even locally, she said, the need for rent help is significant.
"There are still thousands of people that are behind on rent and need help. And it's not just 'oh I'm one month behind due to something happening,' it's thousands of dollars," Callahan said.
It's also good news for landlords who will now finally have income and money to make repairs and improvements.
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