Families may qualify for financial assistance programs depending on income, family size, age, circumstances, and disability. Bridge to Benefits is a website screening tool that can help you identify what programs you might be eligible for.
HousingLink offers many housing resources and tips, as well as information about affordable housing including rental listings.
Anoka County Housing Help Desk: 763-324-1490
If your family is in transition or experiencing homelessness, please contact the student's school's Homeless Education Lead.
Statewide emergency rental assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many families to experience financial hardship. If you have experienced hardship and need assistance to pay rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance.
Minnesota Housing recently announced that RentHelpMN is open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.
To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mental Health Crisis
Anoka County Mobile Crisis Response Service
Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Call is free.
Hennepin County Mobile Crisis
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Children (up to 18): 612-348-2233
Adults (18+): 612-596-1223
Text HOME to 741741 to be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Minnesota Warmline is available for anyone who is struggling with anxiety, loneliness, and social isolation, especially during this challenging time. Call 1-877-404-3190 toll-free or text "Support" to 85511 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Our Certified Peer Specialists are here to listen; here to help.
If you are fleeing domestic violence, Day One connects you to the closest available domestic violence shelter. Call Day One at 1-866-223-1111.
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, call Child Protection for the county where the child resides or submit a report online.
Anoka County: 763-324-1440
Hennepin County: 612-348-4111
Family Promise of Anoka County (this is not an emergency shelter - they often have a waitlist)
Mary's Place Shelter (families with 2 or more minor children; must come at 10:00 am or 1:00 pm Monday-Thursday with the whole family)
Hennepin County Shelter Team 612-348-9410
If you are in need of assistance in navigating community resources, please contact the school social worker at your child's school.