For some Minnesotans, a lost job or unexpected expenses have put their housing at risk. In response to this, today at West Broadway Crescent Apartments, Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan announced a $100 million housing assistance program to help prevent evictions, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. The $100 million investment will be funded with federal dollars through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was authorized by the CARES Act.
The Walz-Flanagan Administration has been working to combat homelessness and housing instability long before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Administration has been working with communities to provide funding for outreach, shelter, and critical services. When the COVID-19 pandemic began in Minnesota, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor fought for state appropriations and provided more than $26 million to help shelters and street outreach workers give Minnesotans a safe place to go, creating more than 2,100 additional safe spaces statewide.
The Governor has helped maintain housing stability for Minnesotans struggling to afford their rent by suspending evictions. State resources have also been used to partner with local communities and connect those who were outside with hotel rooms and trained staff during the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.
The Governor continues to work with the legislature toward police reform and accountability and building a stronger and more equitable economy for all Minnesotans. He also is supporting a proposal to support veterans by expanding veterans courts statewide. These courts help keep our veterans out of jail, giving them a second chance for offenses related to military service and access to rehabilitation.