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Sherburne County assistance programs.

There are numerous charities, non-profit organizations and government programs in Elks River and Sherburne County Minnesota that can provide people with help for bills, food, rent, counseling, and other aid. Find a listing of the agencies, programs, and phone numbers 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) (320)251-1612
  • Wright County Community Action (320)963-6500

Rent assistance, housing aid, and homeless programs

  • HRA, Sherburne County (763)241-2701
  • HRA, St. Cloud (320)252-0880
  • Rent Assistance, Sherburne County (763)241-2600 or dial 1-800-433-5239 to 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 1-800-622-7773 or (320)253-0121. Or click here to learn more.

Financial counseling and information on assistance programs

  • Catholic Charities- Caritas Family Services 1-800-830-8254
  • Sherburne County Extension Office 1-800-433-5236 or (763)241-2720
  • Sherburne County MFIP (day care assistance programs) 1-800-433-5239 or (763)241-2600
  • Spenders Anonymous (320)253-1094
  • The Village Financial Resource Center 1-800-450-4019





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, 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. More on Sherburne County Salvation Army.

North Memorial Medical Center offers aid for 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. 3300 Oakdale Ave N, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, 55422. Dial (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.  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 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.

Food assistance and clothing in Sherburne County

  • Big Lake Food Shelf (763)263-2432
  • CAER-Elk River (Food & Clothing) (763)441-1020
  • Catholic Charities (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 (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.


By Jon McNamara

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