Counseling for housing issues is provided in some cases before any direct financial aid is provided to pay your rent or home loan. Qualified participants in the housing, rent, and foreclosure assistance program need to have a stable household income and they must also have the ability to pay their mortgage or rent on an ongoing basis. Participants in all housing programs need to be able and willing to receive financial counseling, debt reduction, case management, as well as one-on-one tenant training.
On site housing and credit counselors provide advocacy, information on rent assistance programs, housing search assistance, government mortgage and foreclosure prevention, and connection to other resources and charities if needed. Some funds are utilized for transportation issues and/or car maintenance or even repairs if this is a barrier to ability to work for the client.
Energy Bill Assistance Program is also run by KOOTASCA. The program provides financial and cash assistance for low to moderate income households in both Koochiching and Itasca Counties Minnesota with paying for their home energy needs. Energy assistance can be offered to help make direct payment to the energy vendor. Aid can be used for emergency heating system repair or replacement. Also employees of the agency can advocate with energy vendors, utility and power companies and human service providers on behalf of consumers. Last, if the need is dire, crisis assistance is available for help for fuel deliveries, heating oil and utility disconnections.
Head Start is run from this location. The program for children was designed to help young children, who range in age from birth to five, and their families achieve their full potential, by ensuring they have access to education, food, and health and dental care.
Medical and health care is organized and administered at the facility too. The community action agency can help provide low income and qualified local residents with access to a broad range of resources for medical, mental health, dental assistance, and food as well as nutrition services. The agency can also provide access to health and safety education for parents, children, and staff. Promote preventative health services and early intervention for diseases and medical conditions. Counselors can also link families and patients to an ongoing system of Minnesota health clinics.
Save money on energy bills from the Minnesota Weatherization Assistance Program. Various energy conservation techniques are offered to help people save money on utility and heating bills.
Deferred Loan Program can provide up to $25,000 to people who need funds to maintain or improve their home. Use the money for repairs, home updates, and other housing needs.
Call the Grand Rapids Minnesota based KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. agency at (218) 327-6701
Baby Steps Boutique can help children, families, and pregnant women. Numerous services can improve the health and well being of kids, families, pregnant women, and young children. Get information on assistance programs, and resources like diapers and baby food. 218-326-2300
Grand Rapids Food Shelf can provide food and other aid to the low income, elderly, and disabled. They food pantry is located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and can be reached at 218-326-4420.
AEOA - Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency can provide help, referrals, and support to struggling families. While financial assistance is limited, and often relies on the issues of federal government grants, there may be help to pay for heating bills, rent, and homeless prevention.
Other basic needs can be met as well. They partner with the Northeastern Minnesota Network and operate meal sites in counties such as Itasca. Congregate dining locations are for the elderly, and referrals are widely available.
Other resources include preschool program for children, employment from Food Stamp Employment and Training (FSET), part time jobs for seniors, and more. Staff from AEOA are committed to ending the cyle of poverty. Read Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency.