Governor Walz highlights state benefits, assistance for Minnesota residents

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) – Minnesota Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan highlighted state benefits and assistance programs that are available to Minnesota residents as the weekly federal unemployment benefit ends.

The federal law that authorized the additional $600 a week federal unemployment benefit expired with the week ending July 25.

Earlier this year, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-14, halting evictions and writs of recovery during the peacetime emergency. The Governor and Lt. Governor also put $100 million in CARES Act funding toward housing assistance. Renters and homeowners who have unpaid housing-related bills like rent, mortgage, or utilities will be able to apply for housing assistance through local administrators to help them get caught up on their bills and keep them housed. The program, called the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program, will open to individual applicants in mid-August.

Residents on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to buy food items online. Amazon and Walmart are both approved online retailers, making it easier for families to pay for healthy food without having to go into a store.

Assistance with food or child care, employment resources, or health care or housing assistance is available here.