Edina, Minn., April 10, 2020 – The Edina City Council voted unanimously at its April 7 meeting to give Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) $100,000 from the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to provide limited emergency rent assistance to eligible Edina residents.
“Property managers can’t legally evict anyone at this time, but owners still need to be made whole,” said Affordable Housing Manager Stephanie Hawkinson. “This program not only helps residents increase their housing stability and decrease the fear that they’re going to lose their housing, but it also helps the landlords be assured that rent is coming in, because their bills and financial responsibilities are not stopping.”
VEAP typically provides one-time rent payments for those in need, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization will allow up to three months of rental assistance. If rent is priced between $1,350 and $1,500 for a two-bedroom unit, this money could help roughly 40 households get through the crisis.
“We’re seeing a lot of phone calls and uncertainty regarding food and housing needs right now. The City of Edina has done a great job setting us up in order to support its residents,” said VEAP CEO Joe McDonald. “We’ve always been grateful to partner with the City, especially during this time of greater need.”
For more information or to apply for rental assistance, call VEAP at 952-888-9616.