Updates from the Governor

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan put $100 million in CARES Act funding toward housing assistance. Renters and homeowners who have unpaid housing related bills like rent, mortgage or utilities will be able to apply for housing assistance through local administrators to help them get caught up on their bills and keep them stably housed. The program will open to individual applicants in mid-August.

The State’s Food Security Workgroup has been helping Minnesotans buy food while their budgets are tight. They have made it easier to purchase food items by allowing those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to buy food items online.

The state of Minnesota is also focused on connecting Minnesotans who need work with the employers who need them. More information for career seekers on resources and training to find and apply for in demand jobs is available through the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

If you need help with food or child care, employment resources or connections for healthcare or housing assistance, please visit ApplyMN. If you need emergency assistance, contact the county human services where you live. For more information on state and community services and resources visit uimn.org/gethelp or mn.gov/covid19/gethelp.

Governor Walz intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to ensure the state can continue to quickly and effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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