St. Paul, Minn.— Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) is working with the Department of Human Services for a solution to help cover fixed costs for disability service providers who have had to close or severely limit services because of the Stay-Safe-at-Home Executive Order. Many of these providers are not able to cover their rent, utilities, and other fixed costs as a result of the pandemic.
In response, Sen. Hoffman issued the statement below:
“Minnesota needs to ensure our day and employment disability service providers – who offer a range of therapies, skill building opportunities, and employment training – are given help with the fixed costs they are required to pay during the pandemic, their revenue having been severely reduced because of the Stay-at-Home Order. DHS has said they want additional funding to help these businesses, but it is my understanding DHS can release funds using the existing budget formula to make sure these disability organizations maintain stability and stay solvent by helping them meet the expense of these fixed costs. However, I will continue to work with DHS to find viable solutions to make sure that Minnesota providers can stay in business and provide services for our most vulnerable once we get on the other side of the pandemic.
As always, please reach out to me with your comments and suggestions on this issue or any other concerns I may be able to help you with. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4154—please leave a voicemail and I will follow up shortly—or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”