The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded Minnesota $15.3 million in Emergency Solutions Grants through the CARES Act.
The grants are intended to help low-income families, including those experiencing homelessness, deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grant funds can be used for substance abuse treatment services and transportation, mental health services, outpatient health services, education services, legal services, employment assistance, childcare, making more emergency shelters available, rehousing and preventing homelessness, and providing hotel and motel vouchers.
“We need to support people who are experiencing homelessness in Minnesota and across the country as they face the pandemic,” U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) said. “And we need to be there for people who are worried about losing their homes after being hit by the economic fallout caused by the virus. This funding can help provide housing and create economic opportunity for groups of individuals who need it most. But this work can’t stop after the pandemic. I’ll keep pressing to help improve housing and economic opportunity in these communities.”
The grants will help the state meet the needs of the most vulnerable as they face the burden of both a health and economic crisis, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said.