Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program offers eligible residents help to pay their energy bills.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP can help you pay for home heating costs. Households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit.
Gas Affordability Program
Need help paying your natural gas bill?
Customers receiving Energy Assistance through LIHEAP may be eligible to receive additional funds through the Gas Affordability Program (GAP), offered by CenterPoint Energy.
How GAP works:
PowerOn and Gas Affordability Program
How it Works - The PowerOn program offers low-income households a discount on a portion of their monthly electric and gas bills. We partner with Energy Cents Coalition to bring you this program and provide assistance in two ways:
Affordable Connectivity Program
Comcast Internet Essentials offers high-speed home Internet for a low monthly price. Receive Internet Essentials at no cost with the Affordable Connectivity Program. Apply today if you qualify for programs like the Federal Pell Grant, National School Lunch Program, SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance, and others.
Signing up is easy. Just apply for Internet Essentials and select “Yes” for automatic enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program if approved. Apply online at InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376.
Comcast Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)
EBB is a temporary program that provides qualifying low-income consumers with a subsidy to help cover the cost of their Internet service and leased Internet equipment. This temporary benefit can be applied to all tiers of Xfinity Internet service, including Internet Essentials, and is available to both new and existing customers. For more information, please visit www.xfinity.com/EBB
These free financial counseling resources provide households with the tools they need to become more financially secure. Topics covered include: budgeting, reducing debt, building assets, building good credit, and fraud/identity theft protection. To learn more, click here.
Home Buyer Education & Counseling
This program helps home buyers understand the road to homeownership. The educational workshops cover everything from clients' financial situations, the mortgage application process, to the rights and responsibilities of owning a home. To learn more call 952-933-9639 or click here.
Tenant Resource Center
TRC supports Hennepin County residents who are at risk of eviction or homelessness through a collaborative partnership between community, non-profits, government, and higher education. The goal of the resource center is to help people maintain stability in their housing situation and avoid the “service run around” that sometimes comes with the need to access multiple community resources to ensure stability in housing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, call 612-302-3180 to leave a message; your call will be returned within one day.
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People
VEAP offers support applying for financial assistance and find housing stability. they also have limited direct support, visit website for more information. They have a focus on helping the undocumented community and seniors, but anyone can apply for help. To learn more, call 952-888-9616 or visit veap.org.
Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM)
FAIM helps income-eligible participants build assets and save money towards the purchase of a home, state of a business, or pursuit of higher education for themselves or a dependent. Savings of up to $40/month are matched at a 3 to 1 rate. To learn more call 952-697-1337 or 952-697-1336. http://www.minnesotafaim.org/
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County's (CAP-HC's) Renter Counseling provides the knowledge and guidance you need to make the right renting decisions for you. HUD*-certified Housing Counselors help you navigate the rental process, inform you of your legal protections, and advocate for you. Counselors also help renters develop household budgets, determine financial assistance eligibility, apply for rental assistance, and identify an affordable place to rent. REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT
Emergency Rental Assistance
CAP-HC has limited funding to provide a one-time payment efor eligible households for EITHER
Hennepin County Tax Assistance and Preparation
CAP-HC provides free tax assistance to income-eligible individuals and families at locations throughout Hennepin County. IRS volunteers prepare and e-file federal, state and property taxes. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 952-697-1414 or email email@example.com. For more information, click here.
Prepare and Prosper - Tax Preparation and Financial Well Being Support
Services at Prepare + Prosper are provided by a team of 300+ IRS-certified volunteers who are passionate about taxes and finances. All tax returns are double-checked for accuracy to make sure we’re getting you the maximum refund. We can do Federal and Minnesota returns, including property tax refunds for renters and homeowners.