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S.F. No. 4495 - Eviction Protection and Emergency Housing Assistance
Author: Senator Torrey N. Westrom
Prepared By: Greg Knopff, Senate Analyst (651/296-9399)
Date: April 21, 2020


Section 1 [Eviction moratorium] provides a 60-day moratorium on evictions beginning on March 24, 2020, which was the effective date of the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-14 related to eviction prohibitions due to COVID-19. The language is similar to the language of the executive order.

Section 2 [Eviction moratorium extension] allows the Governor to extend the moratorium in section 1 for up to 30 days.

Section 3 [Assistance Fraud] provides that providing false information with an intent to defraud under this act is theft and may be punished accordingly.

Section 4 [Foreclosure moratorium] provides a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures during the public health emergency declared by the Governor due to COVID-19.

Section 5 [2020 Emergency Housing Assistance Grants] appropriates $30 million for emergency housing assistance grants to households affected by COVID-19 with a reduction in income of 15 percent or more and with a current gross income under 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

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