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Assistance programs in Sherburne County.

There are numerous charities, churches and government programs in Elks River and Sherburne County Minnesota that offer emergency financial help as well as free stuff or social services. Find where to get with help for bills, food, rent, or gasoline for work. There is also free counseling for employment or debt concerns and other aid. Find a listing of the non-profit agencies, programs, and phone numbers in Elks River and the county below.

Help with heating bills, fuel and utility bills

  • Energy Assistance and Tri-Cap St. Cloud (Services people and families in Benton, Stearns, and Sherburne Counties). Telephone (320)-251-1612
  • Wright County Community Action - Call (320)-963-6500

Rent assistance, housing aid, and homeless programs

  • TRI CAP of Sherburne County often has referrals to grants, eviction prevention and programs for renters. Call  (320) 251-1612
  • Rent Assistance may be arranged by Sherburne County Human Services. The government agency can be reached at (763)241-2600 or dial 1-800-433-5239. Case workers can help low income families, the unemployed, seniors or elderly get rent help or learn more.

There are several other non-profits that can offer emergency rent help. Or Sherburne County residents can get referrals to everything from shelters to transitional housing that is available in the area. More on rental assistance in Sherburne County.

Free legal aid

To get free legal assistance in Sherburne County and Minnesota by calling Legal Services at (320) 253-0138 or (320)253-0121. Lawyers help with civil legal issues. This can include around predatory lending, housing discrimination, divorce, debt or predatory lending and other topics as well. Or click here to learn more on free legal aid in MN.




Financial counseling and information on assistance programs

There are a number of charities that offer support. Whether food, clothes, or a few dollars to pay the bills in a crisis, services are offered. There are also case workers with referrals to government assistance programs or transportation services, or free job and career counseling. Agencies to try are below.

  • Catholic Charities- Caritas Family Services, Call 1-800-830-8254 or (320) 650-1550
  • Sherburne County Extension Office 1-800-433-5236 or (763)241-2720
  • Sherburne County MFIP (day care assistance programs) - Call 1-800-433-5239 or (763)241-2600
  • The Village Financial Resource Center is at 1-800-450-4019. The agency helps with debt, financial literacy, and similar topics.

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) offers holiday programs, gifts, meals, and dinners. The non-profit provides limited financial assistance and cash grants after all other resources have been exhausted by the individual. Food and information is offered too. Dial (763) 441-1020

Big Lake Salvation Army Social Services - This is another local office. What may be available includes one time rent help, free vouchers for food or clothing, free winter jackets, medications, and even vehicle repair programs. Most of the financial aid is first come served to income qualified families.

The Sheburne County Salvation Army also has seasonal programs. This can include free back to school supplies for students or Christmas toys for youth under the age of 17. There are also free winter coats for kids or the elderly, as well as box fans during the hot summer. More on Sherburne County Salvation Army.

North Memorial Medical Center offers aid for cancer patients as well as people with no health insurance. The uninsured can get sliding fee care as well as financial aid from charity programs to help them with their medical bills.

As far as cancer patients, a foundation helps cancer patients pay their mortgages, buy groceries, heat their homes, keep their electricity, lights and water on and repair their cars so they can drive to a doctor appointment. Location is 3300 Oakdale Ave N, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, 55422. Dial (763) 520-5200 or (763) 520-1949





Sherburne County Health & Human Services – People with a serious mental illness can get a rent/housing subsidy while they are on waiting lists for federal or other permanent housing. Address is 13880 Business Center Dr, Elk River, MN, 55330, call (763) 765-4000

Salvation Army of Sherburne offers several assistance programs and social services for Elks River, St. Cloud, and the entire central Minnesota region. Some of the free basic needs or financial aid can be considered as more basic needs, such as clothing, food, meals and free school supplies. Other emergency assistance in Sherburne can be provided for paying energy bills, rent, and housing costs. Or contact a social worker for self-sufficiency, such as job training, income tax preparation, and referrals to government assistance. Continue reading St. Cloud area Salvation Army programs.

Food assistance and clothing in Sherburne County

  • Big Lake Food Shelf - Call (763)263-2432
  • CAER-Elk River (Food & Clothing) - Call (763)441-1020
  • Catholic Charities - Phone (320)229-4560
  • Fare For All- General Information 1-800-582-4291
  • Fare For All Guardian Oaks, Elk River (763)441-8407
  • Goodwill, Elk River - Phone (763)274-1822
  • Goodwill, Waite Park (Food & clothing) (320)654-9012
  • MAC (Mothers & Children) 1-800-365-0270 or (651)484-8241
  • Monticello Food & Clothing Shelf (763)295-4031
  • Salvation Army, Elk River (763)274-2764
  • Salvation Army Food Shelf, St. Cloud (320)252-4552

Zimmerman Food Distribution - Offers the Passing the Bread food program. (763) 772-5288

Cornerstone Baptist Church Cupboard provides food to suburban families in need. 15300 County Road 35, Elk River, MN, 55330, dial (763) 263-7878

Big Lake Community Food Shelf - Provides emergency food distribution to children and residents in the district. (763) 263-2432

Becker Food Shelf is another local pantry. (763) 261-4612

Sherburne Community Action Agency Tri-County Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP)

They run numerous programs for the unemployed, working poor, and low income. They can provide short term help for bills, and at the same time ensure people get longer term success.

  • Homeless prevention and rent help - The Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program offers help by providing resources and services such as debt reduction, budget counseling, assisting with damage deposits, money for rent, or just a little help for paying first month's rent. The FHPAP program’s primary emphasis is to prevent homelessness and evictions, rehouse persons who are currently homeless, and eliminate homelessness in Sherburne County.
  • Another housing program offered is the federal government funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program. This is a program that works closely with individuals, families or singles who are at imminent risk of homelessness, who are currently homeless, or it can help those who are living in shelters to stabilize their lives, by providing rent or mortgage assistance to qualified applicants. Learn more on Minnesota mortgage assistance programs.





  • Utility, heating, and energy bills - Use the funding provided by the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The program helps people pay their winter heating bills. Provides direct cash payment and financial assistance directly o the energy supplier of the applicant. The program can also provide for the emergency heating system repair and replacement. Last, funds can help prevent a disconnection.
  • Food Assistance / Support Program - This can provide low income and other needy families and individuals with free food, groceries, and other support.
  • Referrals - The community action agency, known as TRI-CAP, can refer residents to other non-profits in Elk River Minnesota that may offer loans or emergency funds for everything from medications to overdue rent.
  • Another energy program is Reach Out for Warmth (ROFW), which is a community based emergency fuel fund. Donations from individuals and business contribute to it, and the fund was established to assist qualified low income households who are over he income limit for the Energy Assistance program.
  • Weatherization is another resource, and this can help people save on and reduce their energy bills by conservation and other improvements and tips.

Call the Elk River and Sherburne community action agency at (320) 255-9518, or learn more on Tri-County community action assistance.


By Jon McNamara














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