As COVID19 precautions and shutdowns continue, MHP will be monitoring the impact to affordable housing and advocating for policies that support renters and homeowners, and support production and preservation of affordable housing.
MHP COVID-19 and Housing Weekly Call
Register here for MHP's conference call Friday, April 10, at 9:00 am, on Federal and State Responses to COVID-19 and Housing Stability
- April 3: Presentation slides (PDF): here, Recording: here
- March 27: Presentation slides (PDF): here, Recording: here
Actions MHP and partners are taking now:
Homes for All Submits COVID-19 Response Letter. The Homes for All Coalition asking that a top priority in any responsive legislation be funding for homelessness and homelessness prevention. Read the entire letter here.
MHP Letter to Congressional Delegation. Letter to Congressional Delegation urging them to include resources in the COVID-19 stimulus package to address housing needs. Read that letter here.
Other letters MHP has signed on to:
Eviction Moratorium and Emergency Assistance Bill Introduced
On March 16th, Rep. Howard announced legislation to place a statewide moratorium on evictions as well as provide emergency housing assistance to thousands of Minnesotans who may face housing instability as a result of COVID-19. Read more here.
Utility Shutoff Moratoriums
Cleanenergy.org has a constantly updated list of utilities and municipalities that have declared moratoriums on utility shutoffs.
Eviction Cases to be Suspended
A statewide order and announcement from the MN Judicial Branch directs that almost all types of eviction cases will be suspended for 14 days. Read more here.
Gov. Tim Walz issued an eviction moratorium on Mar. 23. More information here.
Tenants who experience threats of eviction or removal from their home can file a complaint with MN AG office here.
St. Paul has created a Bridge Fund to help low-income renter and homeowners pay rent and mortgages. More information here.
MHP offices are physically closed effective Monday, March 16th through March 31st, to be extended if needed, following the advice of national, state, and local public health authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MHP is working to reduce the burden on health care systems, along with our stakeholders and partners. We urge everyone to engage in social distancing and other preventative health behaviors as well.
MHP business functions are fully operational for this period. Our meetings will switch to email, phone, and video conferencing. Technical assistance for rural and tribal communities will continue and we will continue to advocate for affordable housing both locally and nationally, as the economic downturn makes affordable housing that much more essential.
Our work has never been more important. Housing is health care. We will continue to work toward our mission that everyone has safe, decent, affordable housing. Please continue to reach out to us on how we can help support you and your communities during this time.
Income, wage, and cost-burden impacts for state's jobs most affected by COVID19 shutdowns. Click images to download graphics.
Data on wages and cost-burden for over 20 impacted jobs (PDF)
Analysis of impact to affordable housing providers by HousingLink and GMHF here.
More Analysis by HousingLink and GMHF here.