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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Anoka County Community Action Program, Inc.
1201 89th Ave. N.E., Suite 345
Blaine, Minnesota 55434
Telephone: (763) 783-4747
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Inc.
702 3rd Avenue South
Virginia, Minnesota 55792-2797
Counties supported by the non-profit are Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis.
The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency has a few sites. They are as follows.
- 1000 5th St., International Falls, Minnesota 56649. For intake dial 218-283-6571.
- 2124 10th St., Two Harbors, MN 55616, call 218-834-2280 or 800-223-1850
- Grand Rapids Service Center is at 421 SE 13th St., Grand Rapids, MN 55744
- 317 W. 5th St., Grand Marais, MN 55604, dial 218-387-1134
- 321 N. Minnesota Ave., Aitkin, Minnesota 56431, dial 218-927-7046 or 800-243-3209
- AEOA Central Office, 702 S 3rd Ave., Virginia, MN 55792, 218-749-2912 or
Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. of Beltrami and Cass
2715 15th Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56619-0579
Call (218) 751-4631 for information. Housing services may be offered, such as foreclosure prevention and rental assistance. Other low income assistance programs are administered.
Community Action Duluth
Location is 19 N. 21st Ave. West
Duluth, MN 55806
Telephone number – (218) 726-1665
This is the primary location for low income families in the City of Duluth.
Community Action of Minneapolis
Main address – 505 East Grant Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Telephone: (612) 348-8858
This for the City of Minneapolis, and may be the largest community action agency in the state. Various resources offered include energy bill assistance, weatherization, and housing counseling.
Locations of Bi-County Community Action are as follows.
- 6603 Bemidji Ave N., Bemidji, MN 56601, Bemidji, Minnesota 56619, call 800-332-7161
- Another office is at 8245 Industrial Park Road, P.O. Box 995, Walker, MN 56484, dial (218)-547-3438
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties
450 Syndicate Street N., Suite 35
St. Paul, MN 55104
Various services are available for low income and unemployed families. They offer programs such as Head Start, weatherization, and furnace repairs. Other aid is for housing solutions and includes subsidized apartments as well as applications to the Minnesota Rental Assistance Program.
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin, Inc.
Main address is 8800 Highway 7, Suite 401
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Call (952) 933-9639 for intake.
Several low income programs are offered. Services range from loans or funds for eviction prevention, rental or security deposits to help with home repairs. Other community action programs include emergency heating bill assistance, job training, and case management.
Heartland Community Action Agency, Inc.
Main address is 200 SW 4th St.
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Regions covered are counties of McLeod, Meeker, Renville, and Kandiyohi.
Inter-County Community Council, Inc.
207 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
Telephone: (218) 796-5144
Counties covered – Clearwater, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake
KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc.
Main address – 1213 SE 2nd Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-3984
Telephone number – (218) 327-6701
Counties supported are Itasca and Koochiching
Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.
715 11th St. N # 402
Moorhead, MN 56560-2088
Primary telephone number – (218) 299-7000
An extensive region is supported, including the counties of Stutsman, Barnes, Wilkin, Becker, Cass, Clay, Richland, Dickey, Douglas, Foster, Griggs, Grant, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Otter Tail, Pope, Ransom, Sargent, Steele, Stevens, Traill, Traverse, and Wells
Lakes and Pines Community Action Council, Inc.
1700 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN 55051-1227
Telephone: (320) 679-1800
If you live in Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine and need assistance, call this non-profit. They can help clients receive emergency heating bill help, apply for Transitional Housing Program (HUD-THP) and offer other solutions.
Lower Sioux Indian Community
39458 Res. Highway 1
Morton, Minnesota 56270
Mahube Community Council, Inc.
Office address is 1125 West River Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502-0747
Telephone number – (218) 847-1385
Becker, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Oter, Tail, Wadena
Minnesota Valley Action Council, Inc.
464 Raintree Road
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507) 345-6822
Counties and areas supported are Blue Earth, Brown, Sibley, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Waseca, and Watonwan.
Minnesota Valley Action Council has offices in each county. To learn about how the agency can help, if at all, residents can call a center near them.
- Blue Earth County is at 706 N. Victory Dr., Mankato, MN 56001, dial 800-767-7139 or 507-345-6822.
- Brown County Workforce Center – 1618 S. Broadway, New Ulm, Minnesota 56073, telephone 507-354-3138
- Faribault County location is at 301 N. Main, Blue Earth, MN 56013, dial 507-526-5291
- Le Sueur County MVAC – Families can stop in at 125 E. Minnesota St., Le Center, MN 56057, or dial 507-357-4246.
- Martin County Minnesota Office: 820 Winnebago Ave, Ste. 3, Fairmont, MN 56031, phone 507-238-1663
- Head Start in Martin County: 625 Johnson St. Fairmont, MN 56031, main phone 507-238-1409
- Nicollet County and the St. Peter Community Center are the places to turn to. 600 South 5th St., St. Peter, MN 56082, 507-934-5224
- Sibley County has a Minnesota Valley Action Council office at 110 6th St., Gaylord, MN 55334, dial 507-237-2981
- Waseca County – 108 10th Ave., SE, Waseca, Minnesota 56093, 507-835-8240
- Watonwan County. For information, dial 507-375-5748 or stop by at 705 2nd Ave. S., St. James, MN, 56081.
Northwest Community Action, Inc.
Badger, MN 56714
Services offered include food, Head start application sites, and emergency heating bill assistance. Counselors will also help people enroll into employment or job training programs. The Minnesota counties of Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, and Roseau are supported.
Olmsted Community Action Program
2117 Campus Dr. Suite 200
Rochester, MN 55904
Call (507) 328-6333 for intake. Many services are administered.
Prairie Five CAC, Inc.
Location is 7th St. & Washington Ave., Ste. 302
Montevideo, Minnesota 56265-0159
Main number – (320) 269-6578
Counties – Big Stone, Chippewa, Swift, Yellow Medicine, and Lac qui Parle. Several financial assistance programs are offered, including grants for paying utility bills from Reach Out for Warmth. Other services include loans to pay for home repairs, SNAP food stamp vouchers, and the community action Crisis Repair Program for furnaces.
Prairie Five CAC, Inc. locations:
- Chippewa County – Address: 7th Street & Washington Avenue, Suite 302, P. O. Box 159, Montevideo, MN 56265, Phone: 320-269-6578
- Big Stone County – Clinton Memorial Building, Main Street, P. O. Box 5, Clinton, MN 56225, call 320-325-5227
- Lac qui Parle County – 422 5th Avenue, P. O. Box 166, Madison, MN 56256-0166, 320-598-7649 or 800-443-4283
- Swift County – Hwy 12 East, P. O. Box 321, Benson, MN 56215, main phone 320-842-8565
- Yellow Medicine County office is at 106 St. Olaf Avenue North, Canby, Minnesota 56220, 507-223-5471
Prairie Island Community Council
5636 Sturgeon Lake Rd
Welch, Minnesota 55089
Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc.
Office address – 712 Canterbury Road, South
Shakopee, MN 55379
Call (952) 496-2126 for intake.
Carver, Dakota, and Scott County.
204 South Elm
Rushford, Minnesota 55971-0549
Counties and regions supported by the non-profit are Dodge, Steele, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, and Winona.
Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Inc.
Main address – 1106 3rd Avenue
Worthington, MN 56187
Call (507) 376-4195 for information.
Low income assistance is provided in counties of Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock. Seniors, the unemployed, and low income can apply for grants for paying bills, or self-sufficiency services.
Three Rivers Community Action, Inc.
Main location is 1414 North Star Drive
Zumbrota, MN 55992
Counties are Goohue, Rice, and Wabasha. Examples of services for struggling families include Meals on Wheels, housing including transitional apartments or grants for back rent, home repairs, and assistance with heating costs.
Three Rivers Community Action has a few offices in the region. The main centers are below.
- 1414 North Star Dr., Zumbrota, Minnesota 55992, dial 507-732-7391
- Rochester Office is at 300 11th Ave. Rochester, MN 55901. Main phone 507-732-7391
- Faribo Town Square, 201 S. Lyndale Ave., Faribault, MN 55021. Call 507-732-7391
- 611 Broadway Ave., Wabasha, Minnesota 55981, main phone 507-732-7391
Tri-County Action Program, Inc. (Tri-CAP)
1210 23rd Avenue South
Waite Park, Minnesota 56387
Call (320) 251-1612 for intake.
Counties are Stearns, Sherburne, and Benton.
Minnesota families and seniors may qualify for housing assistance, the FAIM savings and budgeting service, or loans for home repairs and other bills. All this is available along with job placement.
Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc.
501 LeMieur St.
Little Falls, MN 56345
Telephone number is (320) 632-3691
Counties – Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Inc.
102 N. Broadway, P.O. Box 607
Crookston, Minnesota 56716
Telephone number – (218) 281-5832
Resources, including rent and energy assistance grants, is provided for Marshall, Norman, and Polk.
West Central Minnesota Communities Action Inc.
411 Industrial Park Blvd.
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Telephone number – (218) 685-4486
Services are offered in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse County.
Western Community Action, Inc.
Main address – 1400 South Saratoga Street
Marshall, MN 56258
Some of what may be offered includes WIC and job training. Homeless prevention and credit counseling/budget workshops may be facilitated to for the counties of Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Lincoln, and Redwood.
For the low income, the Western Community Action may be the main center to call for help in the region. These programs, and much more (such as referrals and applications to public aid) are offered. The locations are below.
- Address is 1400 South Saratoga Street, Marshall, Minnesota 56258, call 507-537-1416
- Jackson Office is another center. Location is 115 South Highway, Jackson, MN 56143, dial 507-847-2632
- 164 East 2nd Street, Redwood Falls, Minnesota 56283. Call 507-637-2187 for intake.
Wright County Community Action
130 West Division Street
Maple Lake, Minnesota 55358
Main telephone: (320) 963-6500
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