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New funding assistance available for low-income flood victims

Categories: PHHS News, 2012 Press Releases | Author: Dana Kazel | Posted: 9/14/2012 | Views: 25723


September 14, 2012                                       

CONTACT: Shelley Saukko, Deputy Director

(218) 726-2210

St. Louis County receives $125,000 to assist low-income flood victims

St. Louis County has received an additional $125,000 in funding from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to assist low-income residents who have become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless as a result of last June’s flood.

To be eligible for assistance, a person’s or family’s income must be at or below 200-percent of federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, that means annual income must be less than $46,100. Other criteria are that the applicant is in a housing crisis or is at risk of homelessness because of damage from the flood, and that the assistance will improve the immediate problem.

Needs will be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Some examples of how the assistance could be used include: damage deposits, housing search expenses, moving costs and utilities. Former St. Louis County residents who moved away as a result of the flood are still eligible for assistance if they meet all criteria.

To apply or verify eligibility, people should contact the Salvation Army at (218) 722-7934, ext. 103 (Elise); or the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) at (218) 749-2912, ext. 268 (Angela).

Carlton County received the same funding. Residents there should contact Lakes and Pines at (320) 679-1800 (Dawn).

The funding comes as a result of the Disaster Relief Bill passed during the legislative special session, and is added to money the County already receives through the Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP).

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