ST. PAUL, MN -- Governor Tim Walz held a press conference Thursday at the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties to discuss resources available for Minnesotans in need.
With the loss of the $600 a week Minnesotans were receiving up until the end of July, they will now face huge impacts.
One is the struggle to pay rent or buy food and groceries.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If Washington won’t lead, Minnesota will,” said Governor Walz. “While Congress continues to hammer out a deal to extend assistance to those financially impacted by COVID-19, the State of Minnesota is offering a range of emergency assistance that have already helped thousands of Minnesotans.”
Gov. Walz said the stay-at-home order caused hardship on the economy and families.
The state is offering renters assistance, food pantry opportunities, and job search tools.
The benefits aim to support those who sacrificed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
"We in Minnesota never wanted to be a situation where we were asking people to choose between their health and their ability to pay their rent," Governor Walz said. "That was not a choice that we feel like we should have to make in Minnesota. We have the capacity to deliver that."
The Governor and Lt. Governor also put $100 million in CARES Act funding toward housing assistance.
According to the new plan, those who are having a hard time paying housing-related bills like rent, mortgage, or utilities, will be able to apply for housing assistance through local administrators.
The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program will open to individuals to start the application process in mid-August.
To check eligibility requirements for the assistance programs, click here.