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Minnesota prepares to release $100 million in housing assistance


GLEN STUBBE • Star Tribune

The Minnesota State Capitol in May. Gov. Tim Walz and legislators are still sorting out how to distribute $100 million in federal housing assistance and considering broader affordable housing measures.

State housing officials are preparing to give out $100 million in housing assistance to prevent evictions when the federal government's $600-a-week unemployment subsidy ends July 25, but many fear that won't go far enough.

The COVID-19 pandemic sidelined thousands of workers and drained the savings of Minnesotans with low-income jobs who were already struggling to afford a tight housing market. Many are now bracing for the end of the weekly federal assistance that has helped them scrape by.

"We went into the pandemic really in a tough spot and the pandemic has made it even harder," said Ryan Baumtrog, assistant commissioner of the state's housing finance agency. "We just want to avoid as many evictions as we can, as much displacement and as much potential increased homelessness as we can."


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