State leaders consider boost in housing aid as federal dollars dry up
Nearly 11,500 people applied for rent help in the final three days of the RentHelpMN program
February 14, 2022
The waiting room at the New American Development Center in Minneapolis was overflowing with people - and worry.
Nimo Osman held an eviction warning and a letter showing her December application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance was still "pending initial review." Bushar Mohamed, who never imagined he would fall behind on rent, was hoping for a few more months of aid after losing his job at Dunwoody College of Technology. And Khadra Farah Hussein's $680 monthly rent bill left her wondering, "What can I do for food?"
As the dollars that have helped people across Minnesota during the pandemic run down, dozens of people continue to stop at the Minneapolis nonprofit daily to ask about the state's RentHelpMN program. State officials abruptly cut off new applications at the end of January when the crushing need ate up federal funding sooner than anticipated.