THE WEEK IN HOUSING
RECENT NEWS & UPDATES FROM MINNESOTA NAHRO
State Eviction Moratorium To Be Extended into July
While the CDC order suspending evictions is set to expire June 30, it is expected that Governor Walz will extend the state eviction moratorium into July when the special session begins next week. Thus, the state eviction moratorium controls and remains in effect. For information on the EM, visit this COVID19 resource page provided by Minnesota Housing.
Negotiations continue at the state capitol on how best to unwind the eviction moratorium. For a good recap of where things stand, read the Star Tribune article about the back and forth at the capitol this past week.
It is anticipated that the EM off ramp will be a critical component of the overall deal which must address an array of unfinished business. Specifically, on financial matters, state leaders need to reach agreement on the state budget, bonding and taxes. On the policy front, their unfinished business includes police reform and the state EM. While the parties are far apart, the state government shut down at the end of the month will hopefully provide enough pressure to get the key players to come to agreement. Minnesota NAHRO will continue to monitor the situation and keep our members up to date.
July Leadership Retreat – Register Soon as Room Block Closes June 22
This year our Leadership Retreat will be our first in person event in over 15 months! Our event is always a favorite as it is a great opportunity to connect and learn with your peers. The location is also a favorite at Madden’s Conference Center in Brainerd. Be sure to register for the event and make your lodging reservations soon as the room block closes June 22. Visit our website for event details, lodging information and to register. We look forward to seeing you in July!
Got Questions About HUD Section 3? Join Us Next Week for Answers – Register Here
Over the past 15 months, the Section 3 program has seen many waivers and changes due to the impact of the coronavirus. Our June call will feature HUD Section 3 expert, Daniel Huyek from HUD Region V.
This Section 3 update will help you better understand the statutory and regulatory requirements, scope of waivers plus the reporting requirements and deadlines. Our call will allow for Q&A with HUD staff and will be virtual. For event details and to register, use this link. If you are an All Access Pass holder, this event is free but we still need you to register.
GMHF Latest Rent Study Shows Increased Number of Households at Risk While State Resources Slow
In GMHF’s latest rent study with data through April 2021, it is clear that there are many more households at risk due to unpaid rent and that the slow roll out of state resources is not addressing the need. Specifically, the percentage of rent paid in April 2021 as of month-end was 91.6%, which was down significantly compared to March 2020. This decline in rent paid percentages translates to an alarming number in terms of households at risk. As of April 2021 month-end, an estimated 52,592 households were unable to pay their rent with an increasing number of households (over 80,000) delaying payment of rent until after mid-month.
The GMHF survey also noted a significant rise in the amount of rent due per unit. The combined average amount of past due rent per unit climbed to $70.98 per unit, representing a $17.06 year-to-date increase since December 2020.