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Resources available to Residential customers

Households with any unpaid past due balances are eligible to request Crisis funds to pay their past due and current balances. Application requests and requirements can be found through eHEAT and on the Three Rivers website:

Olmsted County HUD has been issued a $1,000,000.00 grant that can assist with rent payments.

Email request to:

Olmsted County Human Services has additional cash, food, health, emergency grants available.  A second round of funds have been granted to assist with emergency needs.  Note: Even if you’ve utilized an emergency grant in the past 12 months, you may qualify for emergency funding again prior to the 12 month anniversary of the previous grant. Call:  507.328.6500

Crisis maximum increased!

Starting April 7, 2020, Three Rivers is increasing the Crisis maximum to $1,200. This means, if a household was already notified that they reached the $600 Crisis maximum, they are now eligible to get an additional $600 to help with their past due utility bills.

The household MUST contact Three Rivers to request additional funds and verify your account status.

Seniors may request Crisis with a current bill.

Resources available to Commercial customers

1. To determine if business is Critical on by searching by their 4-digit NAICS industry code

a. find North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) on business tax filings paperwork OR

2. The Rochester Area Chamber Ph# 507.288.1122 Email:

3. Rochester Area Economic Development (RAEDI) Ph# 507.288.0208, email

4. City of Rochester / Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) COVID-19 Emergency Economic Development loans

5. SBA Olm County – Southeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center Check eligibility and loan application OR

SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Loan video

U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource

SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) Ph# 507-285-7436 email:

6. DEED: Minnesota small businesses should send questions about this emergency loan program to a. More info: b. More info:

c. Businesses should apply directly through a certified lender

7. SMIF – Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Diane Lewis, Lending Officer: | 507-214-7014

Marcia Haley, SBA Lending Director: | 507-214-7021

8. COVID-19 Information hotline: 651-201-3920 (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

9. Updates on actions as directed by the Governor of Minnesota: Gov. Walz website 10. MN Chamber of Commerce Tool Kit

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