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General Service and Assistance
- Bridge to Benefits — Links individual and families in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Montana to public work support programs and tax credits. Go to the website to see if you are eligible. Also in español.
- United Way 211 — Provides easy access to community health and human resources.
From your area call 211 or 651-291-0211 (metro) or 1-800-543-7709 (outstate)
- MinnesotaHelp.Info — Online access to statewide community resources.
- Disability Linkage Line — Free information, referral, and service assistance for people with disabilities. Call 1-866-333-2466.
- Senior LinkAge Line — Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging — Free information and service assistance for older adults and their families. Call 1-800-333-2433.
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota — Offers budget counseling, debt and credit help, housing counseling, financial education, and bankruptcy services. Call 651-642-5990 (metro) or 1-800-582-5260 (outstate).
- Catholic Charities — Provides people with temporary housing, emergency assistance, and more. Also helps immigrants and refugees with clinical counseling, emergency food and shelter, and referral.
- Minnesota Community Action Programs Partnership — A program dedicated to ending poverty. View this list by county to find a local office near you to get connected to services and trainings.
Food, Nutrition, and Health
- Health and Nutrition — Online resources and classes for families, promotion of healthy school environments, and continuing education for professionals.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Food Assistance Programs — Minnesota Department of Human Services — Information on how to apply for food assistance and get food now.
- Find similar information for another state on the national SNAP-Ed website.
- Hunger Solutions Minnesota — Find a food shelf near you.
- Head Start — Services for pregnant women and children up to 3 years old. Learn about parent involvement, health, nutrition, and social services available.
- Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program — Minnesota Department of Health — Find out more about this supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants, and children.
- Find a WIC program in another state from the national Food & Nutrition Service website.
- Spend Smart. Eat Smart. — Iowa State University Extension — Information for families on saving money while shopping and preparing balanced meals on a budget.
- Health Resources and Services Administration — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — Listing of federally-funded health centers to that will provide care to those without insurance.
- Securing Housing — Secure stable housing with resources and trainings for renters, property managers, and homeowners.
- Mortgage and Foreclosure Resources —Federal Reserve Bank — Information to help address the ongoing challenges in the mortgage market.
- HousingLink — Affordable rental housing information for the Twin Cities and selected regions of Minnesota.
- Housing and Support Service — Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota — Assists with emergency housing in the metro area. Visit the website, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-888-234-1329.
- Metro Shelter Hotline — Assists with emergency and transitional housing in the metro area. Call 1-888-234-1329.
- Minnesota Housing Finance Agency — Finances and advances affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Minnesotans with information aimed at home buyers, home owners, and renters.
- 5 Tips For Avoiding Foreclosure Scams (PDF) — The Federal Reserve Board — Fact sheet on avoiding foreclosure scams.
- Minnesota Home Ownership Center — Provides resources for current and future Minnesota homeowners. Also in español.
- Office of the Minnesota Attorney General — Provides information on rights and responsibilities of tenants, the "Cold Weather Rule," avoiding scams, and more.
Employment Training and Worker Assistance
- Minnesota WorkForce Centers — Provides tools, resources, and services for employment and employment training. Search the website for a center near you or call 1-888-438-5627.
- Managing Your Job Transition: Making Smart Financial Choices after a Job Loss (PDF) — Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) — Downloadable brochure about managing your finances after a job loss and asking the right questions before you leave your job.
- Health and Retirement Benefits After Job Loss — United States Department of Labor — Online resources for employees who have had a job loss and employers who need to downsize.
- MnCareers — Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development — A job network to browse through local jobs, match your resume with positions, manage and track your search efforts, and more.
- U.S. Department of Labor — Forms, compliance assistance, disability resources, and more. Also in español.
- LawHelpMN.org — Assists with legal questions, self help legal forms, low cost legal services, and more. Also in Spanish.
- Minnesota Bar Association Attorney Referral — Locate an attorney for a free consultation online or call 1-800-292-4152.
Professional Development and Resources
- Children, Youth & Family Consortium — Educates professionals, translates research to practice, and informs policies to influence education and health outcomes.
- Poverty — Child Trends — Researches and monitors the prevalence of child poverty over time, and its impact on child outcomes.
- The Impacts of Foreclosure on Families and Communities: A Primer — Urban Institute; Kingsley, Smith, — Price — Research paper that summarizes the effects the foreclosure crisis is having in America.
- Help Minnesota Save — Minnesota Community Action Partnership and other federal, state, and local partners — Clearinghouse of information and resources for direct service staff working to help people become economically secure through financial literacy education and asset building.