Member Update: COVID FAQs & Rent Help Info Session

THE WEEK IN HOUSING

RECENT NEWS & UPDATES FROM MINNESOTA NAHRO

Spring is quickly approaching and so are resources to help tenants address unpaid rent due to COVID.  These will be important resources for both landlords and housing authorities.  This member update also includes the most recent HUD FAQ which now runs 73 pages. Enjoy!

 

HUD Releases Another COVID FAQ Round 7

This Revised FAQ is the first under the new administration and has updates on remote hearings, virtual inspections, the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and guidance regarding building ventilation.  You can access the HUD FAQ #7 here which is posted to our COVID19 Resource Page for Housing Authorities.

 

Rent Help MN Information Session Next Week

Sign up here for the information session

 

In the coming weeks, Minnesota Housing will launch RentHelpMN – the new rental assistance program fundied by federal COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. Please join Minnesota Housing at one of their information sessions to learn more about the RentHelpMN Program, who is eligible and what expenses will be covered.

Among the resources will be “Get Ready” checklists for renters and landlords that include the types of documents that will be requested as part of the application. The RentHelpMN virtual information sessions will be offered:

  • Tuesday, March 30 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 31 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The program will help eligible renters with overdue rent since April 2020, up to three months of upcoming rent at a time, and related utility payments. For the first time, households with federal rental assistance are eligible to apply for the tenant portion of unpaid rent and this includes public housing.

Eligible renters will include households that earned 80% or less of area median income in 2020 or in the most recent month. Landlords will be able to apply on behalf of their eligible tenants as well. Detailed guidance will be published on this webpage as it becomes available.  Be sure to sign up for updates on the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program to receive email updates about when the program will open and how to apply.

 

Save The Dates!

2021 Virtual Spring Conference — May 19 & 20

2021 Leadership Retreat — July 27 & 28 at Madden’s in Brainerd, MN

 

About Minnesota NAHRO

Our goal is to be the leading housing and community development organization in Minnesota by promoting strong, viable communities for all Minnesotans, particularly those with low and moderate incomes.

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Updates from Minnesota NAHRO

Eviction Moratorium Extension

Eviction Moratorium Extension

This member update focuses on the status of the state eviction moratorium and what the most recent rent study from GMHF tells us about rental market as we emerge from COVID. Plus we want your input so be sure to fill out our short survey for future trainings. And join us for the Leadership Retreat in July at Maddens – register TODAY! We can’t wait to see you.

HUD Happenings

HUD Happenings

To help our members keep up to date on the latest HUD notices and announcements, here is a list of recent key postings. Use the links provided to read more about each topic.

RentHelpMN Is Open!

RentHelpMN Is Open!

As a housing authority, your agency is able to communicate effectively with both landlords and tenants who can benefit from this resource. Plus if you have public housing, RentHelpMN can help your tenants address any unpaid rent due to COVID. Here are a few ways housing authorities can help spread the word about the program.

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