Minnesota and St. Paul assistance programs.
The St. Paul Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation have created the Community Economic Relief fund to provide assistance to those who need help during these challenging economic times. Contact them at 651.224.5463.
They have provided millions of grant dollars to support charities and organizations with some of the following programs:
- Financial assistance and counseling: They are offering programs that will provide people with a variety of help with financial matters, including help budgeting, debt relief and counseling, and ways to avoid bankruptcy. There is a group, AccountAbility Minnesota, that has received government funding to expand the number of individuals and families that are people supported through its service to help low and middle income working families increase income by maximizing tax benefits and government tax credits that are available to them. Find how to get additional help with medical and credit card debts.
- Food assistance and hunger relief: Additional efforts will be implemented to support the increased numbers of both children and adults who need nutrition, and they will be additional assistance provided for accessing food shelves and banks. As just one example, the Emergency Foodshelf Network has received a grant to increase the size of its Fare For All Express program to help families stretch their monthly food budgets and provide families with additional nutrition. The end result will be an increasing number of families who can receive quality groceries at discounted prices and other food assistance.
- Housing stability and foreclosure assistance: Additional funding for programs that prevent foreclosure will be offered. Also, programs that help people find people stable housing and avoid homelessness, as well as receive rent assistance. There will be an increased number of people served at Home Ownership Center, which is an organization that provides housing assistance and mortgage help to families who lose their homes to foreclosure. But the primary goal will be to stop the foreclosure before it even occurs.
There will be several charities in Minneapolis and St. Paul who will be disbursing the aid, and they include :
Food assistance can be received from the: Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Emergency Foodshelf Network, and the Second Harvest Heartland for hunger relief.
Get housing assistance from the The Family Place, Dakota County Social Services, and also the Home Ownership Center Financial Counseling and Assistance for housing stability.
Receive help with debt and counseling from the AccountAbility Minnesota for financial counseling.