MARSHALL — The Minnesota COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program has awarded $1.6 million to United Community Action Partnership for housing-related payments, including for families in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville Counties.

The "funds can be used for rent, mortgage, utilities, mobile home lot rent, and mobile home payments," said Angela Larson, family services director at United Community Action Partnership, in a news release.

Funds need to be spent by Dec. 30.

"Our staff are ready to help assist households in need," added Larson.

United Community Action Partnership is one of the local administrators working with families who reside in Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, and Rock counties.

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For more information, call United Community Action Partnership at 320-235-0850. The housing assistance application is available on the Minnesota Housing website at housinghelpmn.org.