An additional $3.2 million is available to people struggling to pay their rent, mortgage or utility bills due to hardships caused by the pandemic, St. Louis County announced Monday.

The money comes from the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program and is available to county residents who are not in subsidized housing and have an income at or below 300% of federal poverty guidelines.

"We want the people of St. Louis County to know that there is a lot of help available in the form of CARES funds, CHAP funds and even the more traditional emergency assistance and emergency general assistance," Commissioner Patrick Boyle, who chairs the Health and Human Services committee, said in a news release. "If you are in need, call 2-1-1. Staff will help sort through each individual situation to determine eligibility, and which program can best help."

United Way 211 is serving as the initial contact point for anyone wondering if they're eligible or interested in applying for the funds. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in the county to get started, or text MNRENT or MNHOME to 898-211.

The county said this is in addition to CARES Act funds, which assists with rent, mortgage or utilities for all types of housing, as well as other financial hardships due to COVID-19. For an overview of federal poverty guidelines, go to