Dakota County residents who can't pay their housing and utility costs due to income loss related to the coronavirus pandemic may qualify for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program. The program helps eligible residents to pay rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related expenses.
Housing assistance applicants must:
- Have income at or below 300 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
- Have an eligible expense since March 1, 2020 that is past due.
- Be unable to make one or more payments owed because of unemployment, illness or another COVID-19 issue.
Dakota County staff will review applications to verify eligibility and make payments on behalf of qualifying households.
To apply, call 211 or 651-291-0211, or text “MNRENT" or “MNHOME" to 898-211. The 211 helpline has multilingual staff available 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday.
For more information, visit www.211unitedway.org.