City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Scott County Provides Financial Help to Homeowners and Renters

Scott County, the Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA), and CAP Agency know that people throughout our community are financially hurting. Virtually every sector of the American economy is reeling from the continued fallout from the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, not the least of which are those who matter most to us: Our residents. People should not have to choose between food and a place to sleep, between critically needed medication and a roof over their heads.

 As such, to help ease these financial burdens, the Scott County Board of Commissioners has allocated federal CARES Act funding dollars to support local homeowners and renters that have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scott County Board of Commissioners has targeted $2.95 million to housing assistance for mortgage and rental support to Scott County residents that have experienced financial hardship do the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent foreclosures and evictions.

 Renters

The rental assistance program is specifically targeted to renters earning up to $118,900 annually who have become delinquent on their rent after March 1, 2020 due to pandemic-related job loss or reduced work hours and wages. More details, including eligibility criteria and other program guidelines, can be found at https://www.scottcountymn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14453/Scott-County-CARES---COVID- Rental-Assistance-Guidelines-.

 Homeowners

The mortgage assistance program will specifically target homeowners with an annual income up to$118,900 who have become delinquent on their mortgage, HOA dues or manufactured home lot rent after March 1, 2020 due to job loss or reduced work hours and wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More details, including eligibility criteria and other program guidelines, can be found at https://www.scottcountymn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14452/Scott-County-CARES---COVID- Mortgage-Assistance-Guidelines.

While the deadline to apply for either/both of these grants is November 15, 2020, don’t delay! Eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early, as funding for the program is limited and may be subject to a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit https://scott-cares.paperform.co/ to access the application.