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August 16, 2022

 

News from HomeHelpMN  

 

Updated program rules

HomeHelpMN adopted program changes last week that expand eligibility. The changes took effect on Friday, August 12:

  • The cap on assistance was increased to $50,000 per household. The prior limit was $35,000.
  • There is no longer a time restriction on past-due expenses. Previously, expenses had to be incurred after January 21, 2020.

For applications being processed, the new criteria will be used and no additional action is needed.

Applicants who were previously denied but are still in need of assistance and meet eligibility criteria may request their case be reopened by calling 800.388.3226.

Applications accepted while funds are available

HomeHelpMN also lifted the August application deadline earlier this month. Homeowners with past-due mortgage payments and other eligible housing expenses can apply for assistance as long as funds remain.

While there is no application deadline, homeowners with past-due expenses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The HomeHelpMN dashboard is available on the program website.

To begin an application or learn more, visit HomeHelpMN.org or call 800.388.3226.

Homeowners at risk of foreclosure:

HomeHelpMN prioritizes applications for homeowners at imminent risk of foreclosure and housing displacement. We communicate with third-party vendors to establish the vendor as payees and inform them of the homeowner’s application for assistance to pay the amounts past due.

Homeowners can apply even if they are in discussions with their mortgage servicer about a loss mitigation workout, are in forbearance, or are in active foreclosure.

The team has assisted in postponing 28 lot rent evictions and 63 sheriff sale dates, to allow time for cases to be processed and third parties to receive payments. 

 

Español: Si tiene alguna pregunta, necesita servicios de interpretación o necesita asistencia, puede comunicarse con el centro de llamadas del programa HomeHelpMN llamando al 800.388.3226, de lunes a sábado, de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. (hora estándar del Centro).  

Soomaali:. Haddii aad qabto su'aalo, aad u baahantahay adeegyo turjubaan ama aad u baahantahay gargaar, waxaad la soo xiriiri kartaa Xarunta Wicista HomeHelpMN 800.388.3226, Isniinta ilaa Sabtida, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST.   

Hmoob: Yog tias koj muaj lus nug, xav tau neeg txhais lus los yog xav tau kev pab, koj yeej hu tau rau lub chaw teb xov tooj ntawm HomeHelpMN tus xov tooj 800.388.3226, hnub Monday txog hnub Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST. 

 

About HomeHelpMN 

Minnesota homeowners who have experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have past-due housing expenses may be eligible for financial assistance to bring their payments current. 

Applications for assistance can be submitted online at HomeHelpMN.org or over the phone at 800.388.3226. The website and application are available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. The call center supports these languages and more. Call center hours are from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 

The HomeHelpMN program dashboard is available on the program website.

 

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Minnesota Housing eNews

August 4, 2022

 

News from HomeHelpMN  

 

Applications for HomeHelpMN will now be accepted as long as there are funds available in the program. While this removes August 17 as a deadline, homeowners should still apply as soon as possible.

Applications accepted while funds are available

HomeHelpMN has lifted the August deadline for applying. 

Homeowners with past-due mortgage payments and other eligible housing expenses can now apply for assistance as long as funds remain.

Fund availability depends on the number of eligible homeowners who apply and the amount of assistance requested. A submitted application is not a guarantee of funding availability.

The program budgeted $109 million to help homeowners who experienced a reduction in income or an increase in household expenses as a result of the pandemic. As of July 31, over 4,300 homeowners had requested assistance.

While there is now no application deadline, homeowners with past-due expenses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The HomeHelpMN dashboard is available on the program website. 

To begin an application or learn more, visit HomeHelpMN.org or call 800-388-3226. 

 

Español: Las solicitudes para HomeHelpMN se aceptarán ahora siempre que haya fondos disponibles en el programa. Aunque esto hace que el 17 de agosto deje de ser una fecha límite, los propietarios de viviendas deben seguir presentando su solicitud lo antes posible para tener el mayor acceso a los fondos. Si tiene alguna pregunta, necesita servicios de interpretación o necesita asistencia, puede comunicarse con el centro de llamadas del programa HomeHelpMN llamando al 1-800-388-3226, de lunes a sábado, de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. (hora estándar del Centro).  

Soomaali: Codsiyada HomeHelpMN hadda waa la aqbali doonaa ilaa inta lacag uu helayo barnaamijku. Inkastoo ay tani meesha ka saarayso Ogoosto 17 in ay tahay kama dambaysta, mulkiilayaasha guryuhu waa inay wali soo codsadaan sida ugu dhakhsaha badan ee suurtogalka ah si ay u helaan fursada ugu wanaagsan ee lagu heli karo lacag. Haddii aad qabto su'aalo, aad u baahantahay adeegyo turjubaan ama aad u baahantahay gargaar, waxaad la soo xiriiri kartaa Xarunta Wicista HomeHelpMN 1-800-388-3226, Isniinta ilaa Sabtida, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST.   

Hmoob: Cov ntaub ntawv thov kev pab rau HomeHelpMN tam sim no yuav txaiv tsuav yog tseem tshuav nyiaj nyob rau hauv qhov program. Txawm tias qhov no tau hais tias lub Yim Hlis Hnub tim 17 yog hnub kawg, li ntawd los cov tswv tsev tseem ua tau ntawv thov kev pab kom sai li sai tau kom thiaj li tau qhov nyiaj pab. Yog tias koj muaj lus nug, xav tau neeg txhais lus los yog xav tau kev pab, koj yeej hu tau rau lub chaw teb xov tooj ntawm HomeHelpMN tus xov tooj 1-800-388-3226,  hnub Monday txog hnub Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST.

 

What to know:  

  1. Check the Income Limits chart to find out if your household income is below the limits for your county. For example, income limits for a household of four range from $90,000 - $117,300, depending on the county you live in.
  2. You can apply even if you are in discussions with your mortgage servicer about a loss mitigation work out, are in forbearance, or are in active foreclosure.
  3. You may be eligible for other resources. Additional resources are listed at the Minnesota Housing website
 

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Minnesota Housing eNews

May 16, 2022

 

News from HomeHelpMN  

 

The HomeHelpMN program will begin accepting applications for assistance on Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The application period will be open through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, but homeowners should not wait to apply.

HomeHelpMN provides assistance for homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage or other eligible housing-related expenses due to effects of the pandemic. Eligible homeowners may receive up to $35,000 in assistance for past-due expenses.

Funds for the program are limited, and need is expected to be high. If applications received during the application period exceed available funding, applicants may be put on a wait list. Homeowners should submit their applications as soon as possible after the application period begins.

For more information about the program, including who is eligible to apply and what expenses are eligible, visit HomeHelpMN.org or call 1-800-388-3226. The Call Center is open Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The website is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. The call center supports these languages and more – when you call you’ll be prompted to select a language. 

 

English: The program will take applications during a period from May 17 to June 17 at 5 pm CST. Applications will be processed as they are submitted. In the event of high demand for funds, the funds may be fully allocated before the date the application period closes. Homeowners are encouraged to submit their applications early in the application period. A submitted application is not a guarantee of funding availability. 

Spanish: El programa aceptará solicitudes durante el periodo del 17 de mayo al 17 de junio a las 5 pm HCE. Las solicitudes se procesarán a medida que se presenten. En caso de que haya una gran demanda de fondos, es posible que éstos se distribuyan en su totalidad antes de la fecha de cierre del periodo de solicitud. Se recomienda a los propietarios de viviendas que presenten sus solicitudes a principios del periodo de solicitud. La entrega de una solicitud no garantiza la disponibilidad de fondos.

Hmong: Txoj kev pab no yuav txais cov ntawv thov thaum lub May 17 mus txog rau lub June 17 thaum 5pm CST. Yuav khiav cov ntawv thov raws li lawv xa tuaj. Yog tias muaj neeg coob tuaj thov nyiaj, tej zaum cov nyiaj twb muaj faib rau lawv tag ua ntej lub sij hawm tag kas nuv. Xav kom cov tswv tsev xa cov ntawv thov tuaj kom ntxov. Kev xa ntawv thov tsis lav hais tias yuav muaj nyiaj. 

Somali: Barnaamijku wuxuu qaban doonaa arjiyada inta lagu jiro Maajo 17 ilaa June 17 saacada 5 pm CST. Arjiyada waxaa la howlgelinayaa hadba marka la soo gudbiyo. Haddii ay dhacdo in baahida lacageed ay badantahay, waxaa laga yaabaa in lacagta si buuxda loo qoondeeyo kahor inta aan la gaarin taariikhda arjigu xirmayo. Milkiilayaasha guryaha waxaa lagu dhiirigelinayaa inay soo gudbiyaan arjiyadooda horraanta muddada codsiga. Arjiga oo la soo gudbiyay ma dammaanad qaadayso in la heli karo maalgelinta. 

 

Get Ready to Apply

There are several resources now available to help you prepare: 

  1. The HomeHelpMN website is now available. Visit the website at homehelpmn.org to learn more about what materials you’ll need to apply, what expenses are covered, and who is eligible to apply. 
  2. The HomeHelpMN Call Center is now open. If you have questions about applying or would like information about housing counseling or legal services, you can call 1-800-388-3226 or 651-204-1608 to speak to an agent. The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday.  
  3. You can view the replay of the Introduction to HomeHelpMN webinar that was held on April 20. The webinar includes an overview of the program, and answers to many of the questions that were submitted by participants.  
 

For more information:  

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