Help is available for qualified Washington County residents who are unable to pay rent and utility costs due to COVID-19 related income loss. Washington County received $31.7 million from the CARES Act, and the County Board determined that $3 million will be used on rental and utility assistance to residents. Residents may qualify for CARES assistance if they:are a Washington County resident; have past due rent, utility costs, or are experiencing homelessness; lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment or other assistance; and currently earn less than 80% of the area median income, determined by household size.
Residents may call the Washington County Community Services Department at 651-430-6570 or email CSRA@co.washington.mn.us, or use the fax number of 651-430-6515. Applications are on the Washington County website using link below.
The following documents may be used in preparing an application: verification of current income (paystubs, benefit letter, proof of unemployment); proof of your emergency, including what you owe and who it is owed to (copy of late rent notice, utility bill, shut-off notice, etc.); identification (copy of driver’s license or state identification, birth certificate, social security card, copy of passport, etc.)