St. Paul, Minn. – As COVID-19 continues to affect every aspect of daily life in the state, Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) wants Minnesotans to know they have resources available to them during this challenging time.
“We are in an unprecedented situation, with schools closed, businesses shuttered, and many people facing challenges to cover the cost of their mortgage or rent,” said Senator Eken. “My office remains open and committed to connecting people with ways to get assistance, and I am doing everything with my colleagues at the legislature to find new ways to expand access to critical programs and help.”
Though Senator Eken’s office at the Capitol remains closed until further notice, there are many ways still available to connect. Constituents can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call at (651)-296-3205, message his office on Facebook at @SenatorKentEken, or message his Twitter account at @Kent_Eken.
If you have had your hours cut back or lost your job, please apply for unemployment insurance here: https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp.
If you are a small business owner, emergency loans have been set up to help, which you can apply for here: https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/peacetime/.
MNsure has also opened a special enrollment period that runs Monday, March 23 through Tuesday, April 21. More information is available here: https://www.mnsure.org/stay-informed/covid-19-info/index.jsp.
A statewide dashboard has been set up providing the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Minnesota and is available here: https://mn.gov/covid19/.
“The legislature has already passed legislation providing over $500 million in funding to help the state respond to this crisis, and we will be receiving additional help from the federal government thanks to their stimulus package,” said Senator Eken. “However there is more to be done – securing pay for our school hourly workers, making sure our emergency service personnel are protected, and taking more steps to help our small businesses.”