By: Ray Camper
MCCD was able to recently have Rachael Sterling, Housing Attorney & Communications Coordinator at HOME Line, join us for our Member Meeting on September 28th. Rachel provided a very detailed and in-depth overview of the emergency financial assistance program, RentHelpMN and lessons learned.
During the presentation, one of the major areas that was covered was the data regarding where evictions were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, where levels were during the Eviction Moratorium, and where the levels went once the moratorium was lifted:
Racheal was also able to go over the reasons for why evictions were being filed, and another benefit of the moratorium was that renters who applied for emergency financial assistance couldn’t be evicted while their applications were still pending.
The data presented also went over the percentage of Minnesota residents who applied for assistance across the state, broken down by County.
A few of the key takeaways from the presentation was that programs such as RentHelpMN and other forms of financial assistance during the availability of these programs kept Minnesotans housed, and that with the ended of such programs, there has been a noticeable and sharp increase in evictions and eviction filings.