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Emergency grants being offered to renters, homeowners in SE MN

Jordyn Reed
Updated: August 14, 2020 10:56 PM
Created: August 14, 2020 08:50 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) is providing relief from homeowners, renters, and business owners.

Using tax money from the federal CARES act, SEMMCHRA is offering emergency grants through two new programs. One focuses on housing and those who qualify could get up to $5,000. The other program is for small businesses and those who qualify for the grant could get up to $10,000.

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"Businesses and home owners have to have an operating business or they actually have to live within the county where the funds are there," SEMMCHRA Executive Director, Buffy Beranek, said. 

According to Beranek the programs are only valid in the counties they act as the HRA in, which are Wabasha, Winona, Goodhue and Dodge County. Some of the counties are still being determined but right now, Goodhue is approved for housing, and Winona is approved for both the housing and business programs.

Beranek said by applying for these programs, "it'll allow local government, the state government and the federal government to know and understand the need that is truly out there and if we need to make modifications to the programs then we can." 

More information on applications, qualifications and deadlines, click here.


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