SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, the Minnesota Senate passed a bipartisan bill to provide support for Minnesotans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill addresses housing and food security and support for licensed child care providers among other critical measures that will assist in the state’s response to COVID-19. The bill also creates the COVID-19 Minnesota Fund to ensure state resources are available to protect Minnesotans.
“As Minnesotans continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, we have taken measures to ensure they have the critical support they need,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “While this bill is a strong step in the right direction, our work is not done. The Senate DFL will continue to advocate for additional support for the people on the front lines keeping Minnesotans safe such as school hourly workers and first responders. As we continue to tackle the challenges ahead of us, we remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of our neighbors.”
The bill includes $32 million for emergency homelessness services and housing support. $29 million will g=o toward emergency childcare grants for programs that can prioritize space for emergency workers and are being strained by enrollment fluctuations and increased operating costs due to COVID-19. $9 million will go toward increased staffing and food transportation needs for food shelf programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. $200 million will be transferred to the COVID-19 Minnesota Fund and go toward personal protective equipment, ventilators, the addition of ICU beds, and more.