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Wright County assistance programs.

Struggling families or individuals can get emergency financial help, loans, or grants. Funds can help pay rent or utility bills, or they can pay a mortgage or for a deposits. There are also churches that provide free groceries, medical care from clinics, and case management. The assistance programs in Wright County combine financial aid with debt counseling, advice, and other support.

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Low income families, and others who may be struggling, may be able to get assistance from the Wright County Community Action (WCCA) Agency. They are a non-profit organization that administers numerous programs for local residents.

  • Heating bill aid - They offer the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP), which will assist low and moderate income-eligible households in Wright County. The program offers grants and other resources to ensure a family does not have their heating service turned off.

    This energy bill assistance program will primarily help those low income people pay at least a portion of their home’s heating bill. The program will not pay the entire bill. Also, funds and assistance can also be provided for home furnace repairs and replacement.

    The total amount of the grant provided will be determined by calculating a full year of the homeowners heating costs, their household income, as well as family size.
  • Other Programs - In addition to the heating assistance, people can also receive access to other services and resources. Some of what they offer includes:
  • Eviction prevention services and rent assistance: Counseling and emergency funds may be available to ensure someone is not evicted from their housing or apartment.
  • Mortgage foreclosure prevention: Mortgage and housing counselors can direct you towards resources and programs that may be able to help you. They will do whatever they can to try to prevent a foreclosure.
  • Family Budgeting and Debt.
  • A clothing closet is open, and it combines support along with the free food shelf or pantry.
  • Counseling: It is very important for people to become self-sufficient over the long term, and in order to do this many people need advice and help with budgeting and credit counseling. They can even help you get out of credit card debt.




Stop by or contact the Wright County Community Action (WCCA) Agency at 130 West Division Street, Maple Lake, MN 55358. Or feel free to call them at (320) 963-6500. Anyone in the county can also learn more about Wright County Community Action agency assistance programs.

Financial assistance and food in Wright County

Salvation Army offers a number of emergency programs to the needy. Examples include Angel Tree program provides new clothing or free Christmas gifts to children; Thanksgiving Day dinner; as well as Christmas food baskets. There are also Back to School supplies passed out in Buffalo; Winter Coats or Hats available, and energy bill assistance from Heatshare. Or try the Salvation Army for rent help, shelter, case management, and even budgeting workshops. Dial (320) 252-4552, or find more details on Salvation Army Wright County assistance programs.

Tri-CAP, Inc. – Housing and rent assistance can help households in danger of losing their housing, and resources can assists families in emergency shelters become stabilized. Heating bill money may be distributed too from LIHEAP and other programs. Any type of emergency rent assistance for Wright County families is limited to available donations and program funding. 1210 23rd Ave S, Waite Park, MN, 56387, (320) 251-1612

Monticello Food Shelf/Clothing - Used clothing and household items and emergency food for 5-7 days. Children can receive free winter coats, gloves, and related attire. (763) 295-4031

Hanover Area Food Shelf offer free food, meals, and support. Location is 11024 Church St NE, Hanover, Minnesota, 55341. Telephone: (763) 498-7558

Delano Helping Hands – Food, referrals, and other resources are made available. Get help in apply for government programs too like SNAP food stamps. (763) 972-3360

Cokato Area Food Shelf – An emergency pantry. (320) 286-2662

Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf - Clear Lake and Clearwater families can obtain emergency food and support information from this non-profit organization. Hundreds of lower income families and seniors receive help from the location every year. 1100 Cty Rd 75 Clearwater Lion Community Bldg, Clearwater, Minnesota, 55320, dial (320) 558-2954





Wright County Love Inc. offers basic needs, such as free food, holiday meals, and clothing. An intake line from Big Love Inc. may be able to refer residents to emergency aid, such as ESG grants for paying rent to stop impending homelessness. Other support from churches in Buffalo Minnesota can include car repairs or information on applications to LIHEAP. More on Big Woods Love programs.

Buffalo Food Shelf – Provides free or low cost hygiene supplies, food, holiday meals, and family support services to those in need. (763) 684-1699

Annandale Community Food Shelf – Offers groceries and food. 99 Cherry Ave NW, Annandale, MN, 55302, telephone (320) 274-5745

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