Minneapolis Regional Retiree Council

Action Call

 

Subject: Retirees Take Action - End Rent Stress. Advance Rental Assistance. (HF3667/SF3883)

 

Labor Retirees and Allies,

 

The Minnesota Legislature is making final decisions on some important proposed legislation. This one needs you to take action!

 

Issue: Extending rental assistance to those in need:

 

"The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) created RentHelpMN for rental assistance using federal dollars. Having now exhausted funding for emergency rental assistance, applications for rent assistance by the RentHelpMN program have been halted since January 2022. Since applications were stopped, a 70% increase in the numbers of rental evictions has occurred.

 

"HF 3667 appropriates $330,000,000 of the state’s American Rescue Plan money (federal) to the MHFA to continue RentHelpMN emergency rental help to Minnesota families and individuals who really need it. Renters who apply through RentHelpMN will also be protected from eviction for nonpayment of rent. Click on the link for more information on HF 3667:https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF3667&ssn=0&y=2022

 

Who to contact in the House? Contact these House members with the message below.

A)  Your MN House representative. Find who represents you AT https://www.gis.lcc.mn.gov/iMaps/districts/

B)   Rep. Alice Hausman, chair Housing Finance (651-296-3824, E-mail: rep.alice.hausman@house.mn)

C)   Rep. Rena Moran, chair Ways & Means (651-296-5158, E-mail: rep.rena.moran@house.mn)

 

The Senate bill is SF3883. Contact these Senators with the message below.

 

Who to contact in the Senate? Tell these Senators that the crisis is real and renters are waiting for help.

A) Your State Senate member. Find at: www.senate.mn/members?id=alphabetical

 

B) Senator Rich Draheim: Chair senate housing finance committee @ 651-296-5558, sen.rich.draheim@senate.mn Also Senator Kari Dziedzic @ 651-296-7809, www.senate.mn/members/email-form/1193

 

C) Senator Julie Rosen: Chair senate finance committee @ 651-296-5713, sen.julie.rosen@senate.mn

 

MESSAGE to Legislators – what to say

 

"Temporary and permanent rental solutions are needed. Lower income families and singles need RentHelpMN. Please support funding RentHelpMN at $330 million and bring RentHelpMN back to life. Help renters avoid evictions." Thank you. Be sure to leave your name and City/Address