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DRAZKOWSKI SAYS HOUSING FLOOD RELIEF INCOME LIMITS HAVE BEEN WAIVED

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
ST. PAUL – Following two days of discussions with the Governor’s Office and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), State Representative Steve Drazkowski (R-Wabasha) is pleased to report that the agency has removed its income restrictions for those homeowners seeking state flood relief. “This is outstanding news because under these guidelines, nearly half of the impacted homeowners would not have qualified for state financial assistance,” Drazkowski said. “The Legislature wanted all homeowners to receive help, not just those who met an arbitrary income level.” Previously, the MHFA had implemented a guideline stating that a household making more than $81,120 in Winona or Wabasha counties would not receive any assistance from the $16 million allocated for housing relief. After Drazkowski spoke to the Governor’s Office and the MHFA about the oversight, the agency agreed to remove the income restrictions. “Disaster relief should be for everyone devastated by the disaster, not just a select few,” Drazkowski said. “I’m pleased the MHFA has recognized this, and that all affected homeowners will now be able to qualify for state flood relief.”