VLN administers a Habitability Fund which assists tenants who are unable to make court ordered escrow payments in order to pursue their legal claims. The fund is a revolving fund, so any money received back from the litigation must first be used to refund the Fund.
To use the funds, a tenant must:
- Be represented by a CMLS, MMLA, Judicare, SMRLS, ARS, or VLN attorney;
- Have a housing court claim in Hennepin, Ramsey or Anoka county, and be unable to pursue it because of a court required escrow payment.
- Complete a Habitability Fund Application and Addendum to the Representation Agreement.
- Funds are not guaranteed until the application has been approved by VLN.
Questions, and completed applications and addendums, can be directed to VLN’s Housing Program Manager and Resource Attorney at [email protected] or 612-752-6647.