Emergency housing assistance and eviction protection

A bill heard in the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance Committee this week would appropriate $30 million to prevent homelessness. Senate and House DFLers support advocates push to secure $100 million for the program based on the vast need across the state. However, the Senate Republican author has indicated the Legislature could revisit this issue depending on the length of the pandemic. The House does have $100 million for the program in its proposal, and we will continue to advocate for an agreement above $30 million included in the Senate proposal through the negotiation process.

Qualified individuals for assistance would need to see an income reduction of 15% or more and have a current gross income under 300% of the federal poverty guidelines. The bill also institutes a 60-day eviction moratorium beginning on March 24. The governor may extend the moratorium for up to 30 days. The proposal also provides a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures during the COVID-19 public health emergency. (SF 4495)