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Scott County Minnesota assistance programs.

When seeking help (for paying bills, mortgages, rent, heating costs, security deposits etc.), find a list of places to try in Scott County below. Churches, government agencies or non-profits may offer emergency, short term financial help. Or lower income families can be given free food from a pantry, grants to pay for transportation, medical bill help or medications and much more.

Nutritious groceries, meals and food assistance

A non-profit organization known as Three-Sixty (360) Communities (formerly Community Action Council, Inc.) will offer nutritious food and aid to families and individuals need of food assistance and the agency also works to counteract the root causes of hunger through both antipoverty and also asset building strategies. 952-985-5300

Health care for uninsured or underinsured

Those with no or poor health insurance can contact Neighborhood Involvement Program, Inc. This is a clinic that provides for the dental, medical, medications, and mental health needs of persons who either lack health insurance coverage, low income and those who are grossly underinsured. The clinic also provides a comprehensive array of health maintenance, health care and prevention services that address barriers and concerns that are encountered by families and persons who are otherwise vulnerable and at high risk. 612-374-3125.

Eviction prevention and legal aid

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (phone 651-228-9823) provides low income programs, including Legal Assistance to Families in Crisis. This program provides legal aid to qualified individuals. Another program offered is the SMRLS Homelessness Intervention Project, which tries to help limit evictions and reduces homelessness through legal advocacy and advice to obtain and retain housing or income for housing.





Everything from short term housing (or shelter) to government grants and loans may be offered as a form of rent or housing assistance. Several charities, non-profits, and government agencies may provide support. Clients range from the low income to disabled, senior citizens, single parents, and others. More on rental assistance in Scott County Minnesota.

Rent, housing, heating and utility bill, and other help

The agency with arguably the most to offer low and moderate income families and individuals is the Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc. The agency can be reached at (952) 496-2125. Some of the assistance programs offered include the following:Crisis and Emergency Services: Financial assistance and assistance for a crisis, known as emergency services, may be available to help families get through an immediate, short term crisis for which all other resources have been exhausted. Any financial assistance for paying bills and/or rent is limited to funding available.

  • Rent assistance programs, housing and homeless prevention programs: The Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc. Agency Housing and Homeless Prevention programs will help people who need help paying their rent and are facing an eviction, it can aid the current homeless and also help those who are at risk of being homeless, to secure transitional housing or maintain existing housing.
  • Help for heating, utility, and electric bills: A few different services and programs are offered to aid those in need. Among them are.
    • Energy Assistance Program (EAP): The community action agency offers the EAP program which provides grants and financial assistance to help people pay their residential heating and utility bills. Additional funds are also available for energy crisis situations, such as a disconnection, and funds can also be used for energy-related repairs.
    • Conservation Improvement Program (CIP): Another services offered is to help people save on energy bills from the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP). The community action agency works closely with and in partnership with local utility and gas companies to help low to moderate income residents of Scott, Carver, and Dakota Counties conserve energy and save on their heating and utility bills.




      • Some of the local utility companies that are involved in the program include Dakota Electric, Minnesota Valley Electrical Cooperative, Excel Energy, and also Shakopee Public Utilities. All work together to provide conservation services to low-income customers in the area.
    • Weatherization assistance: This program provides homeowners and renters with extra insulation, caulking for their homes, minor home heating and furnace repairs and even furnace replacement services to help low income individuals reduce heating and cooling costs and bills.


By Jon McNamara













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