St. Louis County Receives $125,000 to Assist Low-Income Flood Victims

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St. Louis County Receives $125,000 to Assist Low-Income Flood Victims

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- 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 June’s floods.

In order for families or individuals to be eligible for this assistance, income into the household must be at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.

For example, in a family of four, annual income must be less than $46,100.

Other criteria include that the applicant's housing crisis or risk of becoming homeless has to be due to June's flooding and that this monetary 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, or the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency at (218) 749-2912.

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

This funding was made possible thanks to the Disaster Relief Bill that was passed during the special legislative session.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns