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Housing Quick Start program available in Crow Wing County

Housing Quick Start program available for Crow Wing County residents

The Minnesota Housing Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program is now available in Crow Wing County. State Rep. John Ward, DFL – Brainerd, co-authored and voted for the disaster relief law that included the $12.2 million in funding for this program in the Aug. 24 special session.

The financial assistance is available for residents and rental property owners in northeastern Minnesota and other areas damaged in the June flooding event (June 14 – 21) who are not eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance or who need additional assistance.

The Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program provides assistance as a last resort when private insurance and federal assistance are not adequate to return a damaged home to its pre-disaster condition. The program provides a no-interest loan of up to $30,000 for home repair, which is forgiven if the owner remains in the home for 10 years. Funding for repairs to rental housing properties is also available under similar terms and conditions. If homeowners have already incurred home repair expenses as a result of the disaster, they may be eligible for reimbursement under the Quick Start program.

Minnesota Housing has contracted with local administrators to deliver the program and work with residents to complete Quick Start applications. The application deadline for Quick Start is Dec. 17. Homeowners needing assistance should contact the local administrator for their area directly: Lakes and Pines Community Action Council, 1700 Maple Street E., Mora, MN 55051, or 800-832-6082 or 320-679-1800, Ext. 119.

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