Emergency financial assistance in Hennepin County.

Hennepin County Minnesota offers families access to one-time and short term financial assistance. The emergency financial assistance program will prioritize people who are experiencing a crisis, such as an eviction, foreclosure, flood, fire, or utility shut-off. Several different emergency programs are offered, including for housing, rent, electric, and heating bills. The phone numbers and additional information on where to apply, and program terms, can be found below.

Qualified families with minor children may be able to receive emergency assistance from the Hennepin County Emergency Assistance Program (HCEAP). This government funded resource provides social services and assistance for income qualified families with minor children who are faced with a direct financial crisis. The emergency situation needs to pose a direct threat to the physical health or safety of a child. The HCEAP program only provides short-term assistance in these cases. Examples of covered services and resources available include:

Emergency housing – Whether you are faced with foreclosure, eviction, or need funds to pay for a security deposit or first month’s rent, housing services are offered. Access free foreclosure prevention and emergency rental assistance in Hennepin County. Even home repairs can be coordinated for qualified homeowners. A primary goal is to ensure as many people as possible are able to stay in their homes or apartments.

Transitional housing and shelter – If you have been evicted, are homeless, or need to find new, safe affordable housing, then various programs can help with those needs too. Resources include emergency shelter, transportation for homeless families, and money for moving expenses.

Emergency food and special diets - If you or your family needs emergency free food, meals, or groceries right now, the Minnesota Food Helpline (phone 1-888-711-1151) as well as Minnesota Hunger Partners can help you locate resources. They are part of the Hunger Solutions Minnesota Network. This non-profit can help anyone in need find a nearby food book, shelf, or provide them with a free meal.  Many centers can offer an extensive array of emergency assistance.





The emergency assistance program can help people of all backgrounds apply for Expedited Food Support. This is available in Hennepin County. This service makes food and government benefits available quickly to senior, low income, and struggling households that may be unable to meet their food needs. If you apply and are found to be eligible, food and nutritional benefits will be issued within 24 hours of your interview and application.

Hennepin County Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) – Patients who are faced with some form of medical emergency, and who otherwise are not eligible for government or free medical coverage programs due to immigration status or sponsorship, may be able to get help from this service. Free medical care, prescriptions, and more may be provided. Contact number is 612-596-1300

In order to apply for emergency housing or utility assistance, or other aid, you must first attend an overview session, than complete an application and interview. During this process you will need to provide supporting documentation. All overview sessions are held at Century Plaza, 330 South 12th Street, Minneapolis Minnesota 55404. Sessions are scheduled in advance, and are held seven days per week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday throughout the day at 8:30 AM, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:00 PM, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. Exceptions may be able to be made, and if you are unable to come one of these pre-determined times, times, call the Emergency Assistance Team, at 612-596-1900.




By Jon McNamara

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