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Blue Earth, Brown, and Faribault assistance programs.

Feeding Our Communities Partners (call 507-381-4348) provides food for students in the community. Offers during the weekends and during breaks.

Lutheran Social Service of Mankato Minnesota (LSS) helps people deal with debts, foreclosure, and credit issues. Call them at 507-625-7660. Counselors from the non-profit may be able to provides guidance to low to moderate income clients who are currently facing a crisis. The location is a HUD Minnesota counseling agency.

The goal of the counselors is to advise people who may otherwise make some sort of financial decisions without weighing all of the consequences or knowing all the facts of the decision they may make. Example of some of the financial counseling services include debt management and reduction, budgeting, credit card hardships, and credit report reviews. Housing counseling includes free or low cost reverse mortgage counseling, pre purchase, information on Minnesota mortgage assistance programs, post purchase and free foreclosure prevention advice.

Get your health care from Open Door Health Center. The community clinic provides treatment and medical services for chronic and acute health conditions, and also preventive and restorative dental care for the low-income, underinsured, and uninsured people who are living in the Greater Mankato area. Phone (507) 388-2120

Southern MN Regional Legal Services can offer pro-bono legal aid to the elderly and low income. The free legal center provides free legal services and advice to low-income senior citizens, persons, disabled persons and minorities in the community. Call 507-377-7401

Salvation Army of Blue Earth County Minnesota may be able to provides emergency services, financial aid and referrals to non-profits and government programs for families and individuals in a crisis situation who have emergency material needs. Funds and assistance can help with such expenses as medication prescription co-pay, energy and heating bill assistance, rent, and gasoline vouchers. Free food and meals are distributed from the site too. They also can click here to get information on food banks in Minnesota. (507) 345-7840





The community action agency of Faribault, Blue Earth, and Brown Minnesota is the Minnesota Valley Action Council, Inc. The main office is in Mankato. Call (507) 345-6822

Rent and housing assistance - This emergency financial assistance program can help renters and homeowners if you lose your housing or are faced with an eviction. The payment from the community action agency must take care of your housing crisis. So the tenant needs the ability to cover future costs on their own.

The rental assistance program can provide you with emergency support, shelter, and/or lodging. Money can even be used to pay your past due rent or payments that are owed to a landlord. In some cases, a loan is used by MVAC to ensure the money is used wisely. Funds can even be used to pay security deposits or first months rent.

Heating and Energy Bill Assistance Program (EAP) - This service may be able to make a direct cash payment to your heating company or utility vendor to help you with paying your heating bills. Energy assistance can help if you are facing a utility shutoff or disconnection. You may even be able to have your heating system replaced if you own your own home.

Many other government resources (such as Head Start or weatherization) are available at the non-profit. They even administer their own grants and forms of support, including a low cost car program. Find Minnesota Valley Action Council programs.

Partners for Affordable Housing (phone (507) 387-2115) runs shelters and homeless services. They are also a great place to learn about renal assistance programs.



By Jon McNamara

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