Washington County Minnesota assistance programs.

Emergency financial help from churches, government social services in Stillwater Washington County, charities, or non-profits can help low income families. Find how to apply for grants to help with rent, mortgage payments or security deposits in the Stillwater region. Also find financial aid for heating or utility bills along with free food from pantries.

Washington County Minnesota programs also offer gasoline vouchers, free medical or dental care, transportation, back to school supplies and other assistance in a crisis. During the winter months, there are seasonal items like free winter coats or Christmas toys for goods. Or learn about warm weather homeless shelters in the community.

Resources and organizations that assist low and moderate income residents

The Community Action Partnership of Washington - Ramsey County has several programs that can help low to moderate income people make it through a difficult period. They offer the federal government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), self-sufficiency programs, and energy conservation resources, job training, and other aid.

  • The LIHEAP program is available to individuals and families who are at or below 50 percent of the state's of Minnesota’s median income. Families do need to apply for aid, and funding is limited, so be sure to apply early. The average yearly grant provided to people, which is almost always paid directly to the utility company, is about $600, but the exact amount can vary according to the applicants exact need and energy usage and bills.
  • Community Action's Self-sufficiency and Project Success. This is a program that will support both individuals and families who seek job training, employment, and support, financial skills, education, and financial literacy. Families and individuals will work with a counselor from the agency to create their own financial empowerment plan. They will help families fully understand their financial commitments and move toward healthy financial practices such as saving, debt management, budgeting, advice on credit card hardship programs, asset development, with the goal of reducing dependence on financial assistance programs and other government aid.





  • Low-Income Weatherization Program is another federal government funded program that is administered by the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey County. This program will help low income families lower their heating and energy bills by up to several hundred dollars per year. It accomplishes this by installing free energy conserving improvements to an applicants home, such as caulking, furnace tune ups, hot water heater blankets, new windows, and more. The federal government is provided more funds for weatherization programs across the state of Minnesota.
  • Debt help and budgeting is arranged by the Community Action Agency. Staff review credit repair services and give financial literacy classes. They give details on credit card debt reduction programs, auto loan payment resources, or loans. This leads to long term stability. More on how to get financial literacy.
  • Homeless supportive services includes both eviction and foreclosure prevention as well as rehousing. Some components of it include emergency shelter and then funds to pay a security deposit for the currently homeless in Washington County. There may also be help to pay for back rent as part of Emergency Food and Shelter, and many other resources are available for solving housing challenges from CAPRW, including no interest loans for certain income qualified families.

One of the key goals of the Community Action Partnership of Washington County is on helping people gain stability and overcome poverty. For more details on their services, call them or click more information on Community Action Agency Washington County Minnesota.

Foreclosure counseling

The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is a non-profit organization that offer foreclosure assistance as well as counseling. There is a once-a-month class (on foreclosures) and one-on-one mortgage councilors that help them with financial credit as well as deal with housing issues. The authority can also go over additional ways to get mortgage help.





In addition, if a homeowner has been the victim of a scam, the HRA can also direct them to the appropriate agency to report it to. This may be a state or government agency. the agency may be able to help them deal with the scam. Phone 651-458-0936.

Debt, credit, and assistance with loans

Family Means is a Stillwater and Washington County agency that provides individuals with access to debt as well as financial programs. Some of the services they provide include:

  • Bankruptcy advice - Learn the pros and cons of filing bankruptcy, and get advice on the process
  • Credit card and medical debt assistance - Get help with addressing outstanding debts. It can range from advice to pro-active negotiation. Learn about debt management plans and other programs.
  • Credit repair - Programs to improve and repair your credit ratingsDebt management plan

other assistance is available too. Dial 651/439-4840 for credit and debt help.

Learn about financial assistance programs

A variety of assistance programs and services are offered by Valley Outreach. The organization is a non-profit that provides people in need of food, emergency financial assistance, clothing, and household essentials with help. Some of the services and options offered include a program known as Emergency Fund. This is a resource which  provides emergency help for bills and expenses. There may also be grant based financial assistance to help families in a crisis or short term hardship.

In addition, the Food Shelf provides struggling families with food and other necessities. Last but not least, Dawn's Closet provides gently used clothing, household items, accessories, and household essentials for free men, women, families and children. Dial 651.430.273 to learn more.

Stillwater Minnesota families can contact Episcopal Community Services (ECS). They run a center known as ECS Family Resource Centers (FRCs), which offers assistance to help people become self-sufficient. Another program known as Ready for Success offers clothes and other items that people can use to help find a job. (612) 874-8823




Tubman Family Alliance, which can be reached at 651-770-8544, runs several programs including Jobs and education training, Housing support, and other housing programs.

Another local charity is the Washington County Salvation Army. Phone 651-739-6288. This non-profit offers qualified individuals the following resources. Heating and utility bill assistance to prevent a disconnection. Vouchers to pay for gasoline and bus tickets. Job programs to help people find employment

 They also may be able to provide access to rent and housing assistance programs. Case managers from the Sillwater center will do what they can to support the low income and working poor in the region and they will provide them with a number of financial assistance programs. Or get free items like back to school supplies, Thanksgiving turkeys, or Christmas toys. More Salvation Army Stillwater programs.

Washington County Community as well as Social Services may be able to provide economic support. Emergency financial assistance provided is short-term, and is only one time cash or financial assistance for persons in a crisis. The resources are available for people who have been impacted by a storm, fire, illness, medical condition, accident, utility shut-off, eviction, foreclosure, moving expense, or necessary home repairs. Some help may even be provided for appliance replacement or repair or furniture.

The Food Support Program is run by the USDA. Government commodity items and benefits are issued to low-income persons, and various vouchers can be used like money to buy food at local stores. Read more on government food programs.

Crisis Aid and financial assistance is offered once a year for families needing assistance maintaining a home, so money can be used for rent. Emergency assistance is also available for utilities and heating bills.

General Assistance provides monthly cash grants for vulnerable persons whose income and resources are less than program limits.

Residents can receive aid at most once per year. Applicants may also be qualified for Emergency Assistance, and/or Medical Assistance.

Call or stop by Community Services. Address is 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082, phone number (651)430-6459.

Homeless Prevention Collaborative - Several agencies work together to help the homeless, tenants, and homeowners both keep up with their bills as well as find a place to live. The groups, including St. Andrews and Community Services among others, combine financial help with non-monetary resources to stop evictions as well as help mortgage holders. Find more details on homeless assistance in Washington County Minnesota, and learn how to apply.





Human Services includes public assistance in Washington County. This is a form of economic support, and residents can get help in applying for MinnesotaCare, emergency heating bill help, and SNAP food stamps. Many other benefits and cash assistance programs are available, and learn more on Washington County public aid.

Eviction assistance and rent help can be obtained from non-profits, charities, and government agencies. Funding is limited and comes with restrictions. Most of the money comes from the federal government or state of Minnesota as the result of grants. Locate funds for deposits or rent assistance in Washington County.

Legal help and help from free lawyers in Washington Minnesota

If you need access to an attorney for a civic legal program, call Legal Assistance of Washington County at 651/351-7172. They help the low income, immigrants, and elderly. The non-profit firms provides many free legal aid programs. Housing, credit repair, help with benefits, child custody, and more. Or click here to learn more about Minnesota free legal assistance.

Free lawyers can also help deal with financial as well as credit issues. As some credit card companies or lenders may challenge the client. The Stillwater firm may help.  Or read more on lawyer debt settlement arbitration plans.

Free or low cost food, groceries, or meals

St. Michael's Food Shelf can provide up to 5 days of food at most three times per year. The pantry is in Stillwater, and dial (651) 439-3241.

Valley Outreach also distributes food. On average it provides 45 pounds of free or low cost food or groceries on average for each family member. Clients can only visit at most once per month, accept seniors over 65 who can call upon the pantry up to twice per month. The location also accepts donations of food and personal care items from the community. The address is 1911 Curve Crest Boulevard West, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082. Call (651) 430-2739 ext 200

Saint Andrews Lutheran Church, Community Resource Center can offer emergency food up to six times per year per household. At most one box is provided. Dial (651)762-9124.

The county and Stillwater Minnesota region is supported by several other food assistance programs, pantries, and government resources. Continue with food pantries in Washington County Minnesota.

Medical care and free clinics

Southside Community Health Services is a Federal Government Qualified Health Center/Community Clinic in the county. It provides services to the low income and underserved in Washington County and nearby communities. The clinic will not turn anyone away, regardless of their income and insurance status. 5640 Memorial Ave N Ste B, Stillwater, Minnesota, 55082, call (612) 822-3282.

Free or low cost health insurance is available in Minnesota. The government has plans and programs (both federal and state), but some non-profits may also offer support too. These will be for the indigent, uninsured, disabled, and most vulnerable. More on Minnesota free health insurance plans.





St. Croix Family Medical Clinic has a sliding fee scale. It can provide preventative and acute health services, health education, mental health counseling, physical examinations, and other healthcare services. (651) 430-1880.


By Jon McNamara

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