Authority: The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) and the local jurisdictions (the counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington, and the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, collectively the “local jurisdictions”) are authorized to collect private data, which may include your social security number if voluntary provided, by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et. seq.), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d), the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601-19), the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minn. Stat. Ch. 13) (hereafter “MGDPA”), and by Minn. Stat. 462A.05. Purpose: Your private data, as defined by the MGDPA, is being collected by MHFA and the local jurisdictions to determine your eligibility toward the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Other Uses: MHFA and the local jurisdictions also use your private data to effectively manage and evaluate the program’s effectiveness, to comply with reporting requirements to the U.S. Department of Treasury, and to efficiently administer future COVID-related housing assistance programs specifically authorized by the legislature or mandated by the federal government. Your private data may be released to federal, state, and local agencies, when relevant, and to civil, criminal, or regulatory investigators and prosecutors. However, your private data will not be otherwise disclosed or released outside of MHFA, the local jurisdictions, or their agents, contractors, or assigns, except as permitted or required by law. Penalty: You must provide all of the private data required to process your application and may provide any private data that is optional to process your application. Failure to provide any of the required data may result in a delay or rejection of your eligibility for emergency rental assistance.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
For site management functions, information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information, and will not be released to any outside parties unless legally required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings.
We use Google Analytics to analyze traffic to our site. Google Analytics can be blocked or disabled by any visitor and he or she will still have free access to all information on our site. Information about Google Analytics and how to opt-out is available on the Google Analytics website.
Distribution of Information
We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (3) investigating fraud which has already taken place. The information is not provided to these companies for marketing purposes.
To report fraud, go to Minnesota Housing.