Minnesota nonprofits call on Congress to approve state aid

Minnesota nonprofits call on Congress to approve state aid

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Monday's conference came days after the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits urged Minnesota's congressional delegates to take action on the HEROES Act in a letter signed by more than 100 nonprofit organizations in the state. The initial relief package, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES, provided Minnesota with approximately $2.2 billion of a $150 billion pool of state relief funds.

Noting the July 25 expiration of the temporary federal enhancement to unemployment insurance payments, the letter said more out-of-work Minnesotans may turn to public entitlement programs for help as they struggle to afford basic needs. Additional support for those programs will thus also be crucial, they said, in order to keep low-income households and communities of color from facing additional hardship.

"There is a narrow window of opportunity for lasting and meaningful change, to define this new era as one where our communities can be successful in welcoming a future that allows all to thrive," the letter reads.

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Brainerd Dispatch

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