Student Basic Needs Resources

Anoka Technical College recognizes that many of our students experience challenges in their lives outside of the classroom that may have direct impact on their wellbeing and academic success. These challenges may include accessing enough food to eat every day, safe and stable housing, issues with childcare, family obligations, physical and mental health, unexpected bills, or issues with accessing technology. As a student, your safety, health, and well-being are important to us and we want to support you in any way that we can.

This webpage contains information related to resources on campus and within the local community.

Please note: This list is not exhaustive of current offerings and will be updated regularly to reflect changes with services, resources, and support. Please contact the Counseling Services Department with questions or if you have a resource to include.

Not sure where to start and need some help or support? 
You do not need to navigate this alone. Please contact a counselor for support and assistance. You can contact Counseling Services at 763-576-7860 or schedule an appointment online.

In addition to ATC community resources below, the Minnesota State system has created this collection of resources

United Way 2-1-1

Anoka Tech and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides Anoka Tech students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help.

Text MNHELP to 898-211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll free at 1-800-543-7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have call menus in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Interpreters are also available for any language. Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available. 

General Resources

MN Benefits 

  • Apply for benefits online, including food assistance, emergency assistance, cash programs, childcare assistance, and housing support.
  • Access this resource online

Bridges to Benefits

  • The Bridge to Benefits Screening Tool is designed to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you may be eligible for public work support programs. They will not ask you for any identifying information. It’s easy, confidential, and free. NOTE: This screening tool does not determine eligibility. It is only a guideline. After using this screening tool, you must apply to each program to be sure you are eligible.
  • Access this resource online

Findhelp.org

  • Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Access this resource online

County Resource Guides

Childcare and Parenting Resources

Anoka County Resource Guides

Minnesota State Post-Secondary Child Care Program

  • This program helps low-income students with young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come basis.
  • Learn more online or contact the Anoka Technical College Financial Aid Office at finaid@anokatech.edu or 763-576-7730

Anoka County Community Action Program

  • Anoka County operates a Child Care Assistance program that helps families pay for child care so that parents can work, attend school or look for a job. This program is supported by state and federal funds.
  • Learn more online or by calling 763-324-2360

Anoka County Head Start

Anoka Hennepin Schools ECFE

  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers classes, events, playtimes and other opportunities designed to give families information, ideas and skills to support their child's growth and development from birth to kindergarten.
  • Learn more online

Childcare.gov Resources

  • Childcare.gov provides an online guide of resources that may be able to help you pay for child care
  • Learn more online

Parent Aware

  • Parent Aware offers free tools and resources to help families find the quality child care and early education programs their children need to succeed in school and life.
  • Learn more online or call 888-291-9811

Diaper Bank of MN

  • The Diaper Bank of MN provides resources information to families looking to access free or low-cost diapers.
  • Learn more online

Help Me Connect

  • This online navigator helps connect pregnant and parenting families with services in their local community that empower families to healthy and safe.
  • Learn more online

Employment Resources

Anoka Technical College Career Services

  • Career Services offer a variety of resources for students and alumni who are searching for employment, including developing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and job searching.
  • Learn more online or call 763-576-7780

Anoka County Resource Guide

Anoka County Job Training Center & Blaine CareerForce

  • The Anoka County Job Training Center and Blaine CareerForce offer number of programs that provide support while in the process of career research, training for a career, and job search services. These programs, including the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program, the Dislocated Worker Program, and Empowers Youth Program, may also provide funding to help cover some of the costs related to tuition and/or books. Inquire about programs, services, and eligibility by filling out the online form found here.
  • Learn more online or call 763-324-2300.

Financial Resources

Anoka Technical College Financial Aid Office

  • The Anoka Technical College Financial Aid Office assists students with applying for and accessing student aid. If you have questions regarding your FAFSA, grants, or loans, please reach out for support.
  • Learn more online or contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@anokatech.edu or 763-576-7730 

Crisis Grants for Anoka Technical College Students

  • Students taking six or more credits who are experiencing a financial crisis that endangers the continuation of their education may qualify for a crisis grant from the college. Crisis Grants may be able to help with expenses like rent and utility bills, car repairs, gas, and bus passes, childcare costs, or groceries.
  • To learn more, contact Counseling Services at 763-576-7860 or schedule an appointment with a counselor online.

Anoka County Job Training Center & Blaine CareerForce

  • The Anoka County Job Training Center and Blaine CareerForce offer number of programs that provide support while in the process of career research, training for a career, and job search services. These programs, including the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program, the Dislocated Worker Program, and Empowers Youth Program, may also provide funding to help cover some of the costs related to tuition and/or books. Inquire about programs, services, and eligibility by filling out the online form found here.
  • Learn more online or call 763-324-2300.

Anoka County Economic Assistance

  • These programs help individuals and families who meet program guidelines and whose income is not enough to meet basic needs.
  • Learn more online or call 763-422-7200

Anoka County Community Action Program

  • Crisis Assistance provides emergency pre-approved assistance to Anoka County residents in a non-housing resolvable crisis situation. These funds may be used for a variety of purposes such as prescription drugs, medical equipment, etc.
  • Learn more online or call 763-783-4747

Hennepin County Cash Assistance

  • Hennepin County offers a number of programs to supplement families' and individuals' incomes.
  • Learn more online or call 612-596-1300

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

  • The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) helps families with children meet their basic needs, while helping parents move to financial stability through work. Parents are expected to work, and are supported in working with both cash and food assistance.
  • Learn more online 

Interfaith Outreach

  • If you live in Hamel, Long Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth west of 494 or Wayzata the Interfaith Outreach may be able to help resolve immediate financial crises and connect you with financial and other resources. Assistance includes rent, utilities and car repair.
  • Learn more online or call 763-489-7500

Scholarships

  • Applying for a scholarship may be a great way to help cover tuition costs so that you have funds available to help with expenses related to basic needs.
  • The Anoka Technical College Foundation offers a scholarships program to students each semester with awards ranging from $500 - $2000. Scholarships are available to part-time and full-time students. Learn more online.
  • Workforce Development Scholarships, in the amount of $2500, are available to students seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree from a number of programs at Anoka Technical College. Learn more online. 
  • The Anoka Technical College Financial Aid Office provides a list of scholarships websites. Learn more online. 
  • Minnesota State provides a list of scholarships websites and tips for applying for scholarships. Learn more online.
  • CareerOne Stop provides an interactive list of scholarship opportunities. Learn more online.

Food Resources

Anoka Technical College Food Pantry

  • Are you looking to save some money on your grocery bill, or do you struggle with food insecurity? Anoka Technical College has a food pantry that everyone on campus is welcome to use.
  • The food pantry is provided in partnership with nonprofit Hope for the Community. Hope for the Community is supported by Second Harvest Heartland, a local nonprofit hunger-relief organization. Second Harvest Heartland's contributions largely supply the food pantry in addition to campus food drives.
  • Visit the food pantry for free access to canned goods, pastas, cereal, refrigerated goods, dairy, frozen meats, hygiene products, and more.
  • Located in room 190-P near the Student Success Center (Campus Map)
  • Learn more and view available hours online

SNAP Nutrition Assistance

  • Do you struggle to pay for food each month? SNAP is a nutrition assistance program that helps with monthly benefits to those that qualify. SNAP eligibility for benefits have been temporarily expanded and are available to more college students. You are strongly encouraged to each out to see if you qualify. Some criteria for college students include qualifying for work-study funding or having a $0 estimated family contribution on the FAFSA and having an income under $1,755 a month as a single person.
  • More SNAP information and an online screening eligibility tool is available. For more information you can contact an Outreach Coordinator through Second Harvest Heartland by sending your name and contact information to SNAPrefer@2harvest.org where a representative will contact you about your eligibility.

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program

  • WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and referrals to health and other social services.
  • Learn more online or call 1-800-942-4030

MN Food Helpline

  • Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine to see if you qualify for SNAP or to learn more about food shelves, free meals, farmers’ markets, or other resources in your area at 1-888-711-1151. Phones are answered Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also use the online chat feature to seek assistance or fill out an online form on the program website.
  • Use the interactive online map to search for food resources near you.

Monthly Community Food Resources

Fare for All

  • Fare For All is a grocery purchasing program that offers affordable groceries and packages of produce and meat for up to 40% off retail prices. There are locations across the metro area.
  • Learn more online

Anoka County Resource Guide

Resources near Anoka Technical College

ACBC Food Shelf

  • Located in Anoka, ACBC provides emergency food and clothing to Anoka County residents in need.
  • Learn more online or call 763-422-0046 to schedule an appointment.

Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP)

  • Located in Brooklyn Center, CEAP provides food to any family that comes to them for assistance.
  • Learn more online or call (763) 566-9600 to schedule an appointment.

Centennial Community Food Shelf

  • Located in Circle Pines, Centennial Community Food Shelf serves the communities of East Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington, and Lino Lakes.
  • Learn more online or call (763) 784-2013

Grace Lutheran Church

  • Located in Andover, Grace Lutheran Church has a small emergency food shelf that can provide four bags of non-perishable food items.
  • Learn more online or call (763) 421-6520

Hope for the Community

  • Hope for The Community serves hundreds of families each week. Each family receives 35-50 pounds of groceries. There are locations in Blaine and Elko/New Market.
  • Learn more online or call (763) 757-4266

The Salvation Army Food Shelf

  • There are multiple locations including Blaine, Burnsville, Maplewood, Minneapolis, and St. Paul.
  • Learn more online or call (763) 755-6873

St. Philip's Clothing and Food Shelf

  • Located in Fridley. Free emergency food, clothing, hygiene items, and crisis information are provide
  • Learn more online or call (763) 571-1500

Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)

  • Located in Columbia Heights, SACA serves the communities of Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley, Spring Lake Park and North East Minneapolis.
  • Learn more online or call (763) 789-2444

Physical Health and Wellness Resources

General Health Resources

Health Insurance

MNsure is Minnesota's health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. You can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs.

Vaccination Clinics: Free or Low Cost

  • The Uninsured and Underinsured Vaccine program offers free or low-cost vaccines for eligible individuals who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover vaccines
  • Learn more online

Health Resources Directory for Diverse Cultural Communities

Anoka County Resource Guide

Anoka County Child and Teen Checkups

  • Children and teens, birth through age 20, who are eligible for Medical Assistance or a Medical Assistance Health Plan can get regular checkups for free.
  • Learn more online or call 763-324-4280 for assistance.

Low Cost Clinics

Neighborhood Health Source

  • Offering a full range of primary healthcare services for patients of all ages. All services are available on an income-based sliding fee scale for patients who don’t have insurance or are under-insured.
  • Learn more online or call 612-588-9411

Nucleus Clinic

  • Low cost and no cost birth control and reproductive health care. Annual checkups, pregnancy test, urinary tract infection treatment, etc. Pregnancy confirmations for M.A. and Minnesota Care applications. Charges on sliding scale. Onsite enrollment for Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP) for income eligible patients.
  • Learn more online or call 763-755-5300

Southside Community Health Services

  • Community clinic providing affordable access to health care: medical, dental, vision and behavioral health. Sliding fee. No one is turned away for lack of insurance.
  • Learn more online or call 612-822-9030

St. Mary's Health Clinics

  • Free medical care for those with no access to health insurance. 15 clinic sessions each week at clinic sites located throughout the Twin Cities. Please call for more information & eligibility determination. Appointments are required. Se habla espanol.
  • Learn more online or call 651-287-7777

Sexual Health Resources

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With or without insurance, you can always come to Planned Parenthood for your health care.

Dental Care

Anoka County Resource Guide

Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Resources

Anoka Technical College Counseling Services

  • Counseling services are available to provide students with short-term support for a variety concerns, including mental health concerns and chemical dependency or substance abuse issues. Counselors can also provide information regarding available community resources.
  • Learn more or schedule an appointment online or call 763-576-7860

Crisis Resources

Emergency Services

  • Call 911 when there is risk of immediate harm to self or others

MN Crisis Text Line

  • Free 24-hour emotional support and information from a crisis counselor via text to anyone in any type of crisis.
  • Text MN to 741741 or learn more online

Anoka County Crisis Line

  • Contact the Anoka County Crisis Line if you or someone close to you is having a mental health crisis. The Anoka County Mobile Crisis Response team will help you. The line is open all day, every day, and the call is free. The Crisis Response line is for both adults and children.
  • Call 763-755-3801

Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Numbers By County

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Call for free and confidential support from a trained counselor 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Learn more online or call 1-800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line

  • Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
  • Learn more online, call 1-800-273-8255, or text 838255

The Trevor Project Crisis Line

  • The Trevor Project crisis line has trained crisis counselors who provide support to LGBTQ youth.
  • Learn more online, call 1-866-488-7386, or text START to 678678

Mental Health Resources

Anoka County Resource Guide

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free information service available 24/7, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
  • Learn more online or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Mental Health Screenings

  • Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a behavioral health professional. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources
  • Access this resource online

Allina Mental Health & Addiction Connection Hotline

  • Call the Mental Health and Addiction Connection line for any mental health or addiction service, question or concern, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Learn more online or call 866-603-0016

Canvas Health

  • Comprehensive services including crisis, psychiatry, counseling, substance abuse and other specialty programs. Multiple locations available.
  • Learn more online or call 651-777-5222

People Incorporated Mental Health Services

  • People Incorporated provides a variety of mental health and wellness services for children and adults. A sliding payment scale is available for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
  • Learn more online or call 651-774-0011

Directory of Black Psychotherapists

Health Resources Directory For Diverse Cultural Communities

Minnesota Trauma Therapist Directory

Mental Health MN

  • Mental Health MN is a mental health advocacy and education organization that provides crisis resources, peer support, screening tool and more.
  • Learn more online

National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI)

  • NAMI works to improve the lives of those with mental illness. NAMI provides education/awareness, advocacy, and support.
  • Learn more online or call 651-645-2948 (note: this is not a crisis line)

Reclaim: Mental Health Support For Queer And Trans Youth

  • Reclaim works to provide financially and culturally accessible care to queer and trans youth and their families.
  • Learn more online or call 612-235-6783

The Steve Fund

  • The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. The organization provides online resources and supports a text crisis line.
  • Text STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained crisis text line counselor
  • Learn more online

Trans Lifeline

  • The Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support. The lifeline is run by trans people and is designed to connect trans people to community support and resources.
  • Learn more online or call 877-565-8860

Mental Health Support Groups

National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) Support Groups

  • NAMI Minnesota offers many support groups for families and adults living with mental illness. Free support groups are led by trained volunteers with lived experience with mental illness. Support groups aim to provide a welcoming, respectful, and safe space to build awareness and understanding while learning from and connecting with others.
  • Learn more online.

Mental Health MN Support Groups

  • Support Groups for recovery and wellness are free to attend and are open to anyone who is experiencing a mental health struggle.
  • Learn more online.

Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse Support Resources

Anoka County Resource Guide

Chemical health resources are listed starting on page 10 in the Health and Wellness Resource Guide

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free information service available 24/7, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
  • Learn more online or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

  • AA provides group meetings for members to share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
  • Learn more online

Anoka County Chemical Dependency Assistance

  • Provides financial assistance for chemical dependency services through Rule 25 funding.
  • Call 763-324-1270

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

  • Chemical dependency rehab programs and services available at the Center City, MN facility include residential and outpatient care options, integrated medical and mental health services, animal-assisted programming, post-treatment support, and family education and guidance.
  • Learn more online or call 1-800-257-7810

Narcotics Anonymous (Minnesota Region)

  • Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of individuals for whom drugs had become a major problem. Regular peer support meetings are offered.
  • Learn more online or call 1-877-767-7676

Riverplace Counseling Centers

  • The mission of Riverplace is to provide highly structured chemical dependency care in the least costly, least restrictive, non-institutional manner possible, consistent with the individualized needs of those they serve.
  • Learn more online or call 763-421-5590

Housing Resources

Anoka County Resource Guide

Student Homelessness in Higher Education Resources

  • There are many resources available to college students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. This guide provides a partial list of resources for students.
  • Learn more online

Caer Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Limited emergency financial assistance to those who qualify may be available to help with shelter or utilities.
  • Learn more online or call 763-441-1020

Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

  • CAP of Hennepin County has a variety of programs and services designed to help residents of Hennepin County with lower incomes find and maintain safe, stable housing. Renters and future homebuyers can work with HUD-certified housing counselors to develop housing budgets, determine eligibility for financial assistance, help navigate their leasing or home-purchase process, and more. For people experiencing homelessness, referrals for to the Rapid Rehousing program are provided.
  • Learn more online

Emergency Housing

Anoka County Coordinated Entry

  • Anoka County’s Coordinated Entry is a HUD initiative to those who may be at-risk of losing their housing, or who are homeless. This initiative supports people in matching their housing needs with the appropriate resources. People currently receiving case management services, of any kind, should start by contacting their County Case Manager.
  • Single Adults and Families call the Salvation Army at 763-755-6873
  • Youth 24 and under call the YMCA 763-493-3052.

The Bridge for Youth

  • The Bridge for Youth provides runaway and homeless youth with safe shelter, assists in the prevention and resolution of family conflicts, and reunifies families whenever possible. The program has provides longer-term housing options for homeless pregnant and parenting youth and their children.
  • Learn more online or call (612) 377-8800

Hope 4 Youth

  • Hope 4 Youth provides a drop-in center and housing resources. In addition to many basic-needs services, case management is also provided, linking youth to stable housing, health and wellness programs, education and employment.
  • Learn more online, call 763-323-2066 during normal business hours, or call 612-849-2561 to reach the 24/7 crisis line

New Pathways

  • New Pathways, located in Cambridge MN, provides shelter and support services to families with children experiencing homelessness.
  • Learn more online or call 763-691-0121

General Housing Resources

Anoka County Community Action Program Rental Housing

  • ACCAP Rental Housing offers individuals and families affordable housing options in Anoka County.
  • Learn more online

Bridging

  • Bridging provides a basic home setup, including furniture, to those who need most items necessary to create a comfortable and functioning home.
  • Learn more online or call 952-888-1105

Housinglink

  • Search for affordable apartments, houses, duplexes, townhomes or condos.
  • Learn more online or call (612) 522-2500.

Minnesota Energy Assistance Program

  • The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay for home heating costs, water costs, and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.
  • Learn more online.

Minnesota Housing

  • Minnesota Housing provides resources and information for homebuyers, homeowners, and those who need help with housing and rental assistance.
  • Learn more online

Project For Pride In Living

  • Project for Pride in Living provides affordable rental housing to those who qualify and supportive housing for individuals and families facing challenges.
  • Learn more online or call 612-455-5133

YMCA Youth Intervention Resource Line

  • Youth and Family Services offers supportive services to young people experiencing barriers as a result of homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
  • Learn more online or call (763) 493-3052

YouthLink

  • YouthLink connects homeless youth to a community of resources and support services.
  • Learn more online or call (612) 252-1200

Youth Services Network Of MN

  • A collaborative resource to find a shelter, see locations that have available space, and get help.
  • Learn more online

Legal Resources

Anoka County Resource Guide

Central Minnesota Legal Services

  • Provides free legal help to low income individuals and families to assist with civil legal issues.
  • Learn more online

HOME Line Tenant Hotline

  • HOME Line’s hotline for is Minnesota renters. The only eligibility requirement is that the caller is checking into their rights as a Minnesota renter. We cover a wide range of issues with tenants, including repairs, evictions, security deposits, landlord invasion of privacy, break lease questions, sexual harassment and many others.
  • Learn more online or call 612-728-5770

Immigrant Law Center

  • ILCM provides free brief legal advice and full representation to immigrants and refugees in Minnesota who qualify for services.
  • Learn more online or call 651-641-1011

Judicare Of Anoka County

  • A non-profit corporation that provides free legal representation in non-criminal matters to low income residents of Anoka County.
  • Learn more online or call 763-783-4970

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm specializing in providing professional legal help to Minnesotans who traditionally lack access to the American justice system and cannot afford the services of a private attorney, including people with low incomes, seniors, and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more online or call 612-334-5970

Minnesota Judicial Branch Self-Help Center

  • The Self-Help Center is a place where you can find helpful information, services and resources about your legal problem if you are not represented by an attorney. The Self-Help Centers assist people who represent themselves in the Minnesota District Courts. They also provide a list of legal advice clinics by county.
  • Learn more online about self-help centers or how to find legal representation.
  • The 10th Judicial District Self-Help Center provides support for Anoka County residents. Learn more online or call 763-760-6699.

Volunteer Lawyers Network

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Minnesotans experiencing poverty with some of the top private lawyers in the state at no cost. These volunteers protect the rights and property of thousands of clients every year by advising them at legal clinics, drafting legal documents, representing them in court or otherwise supporting them in their pursuit of justice.
  • Learn more online

Pet and Veterinary Resources

Animal Humane Society

The Animal Humane Society expands access to affordable veterinary care by offering high-quality, low-cost services with sliding fees based on income. The Animal Humane Society also provides a list of organizations that distribute free dog and cat food to community members.

Learn more online or call 763-489-7729.

MN Spay Neuter Assistance Program

The MN Spay Neuter Assistance Program provides high-quality and affordable spay and neuter surgery to qualifying families across the state of Minnesota.

Learn more online or call 612-720-8236.

People & Pets Together

People & Pets Together helps families facing economic hardship by operating a pet food shelf in Minneapolis, by providing pet food to local food shelves, with a veterinary assistance grant program, and through other programs designed to keep pets healthy and in loving homes.

Learn more online or call 612-722-9998

VeTouch

VeTouch is a non-profit veterinary student club that provides basic pet care and nutritional support to low or no-income Twin Cities families.

Learn more online or call 612-284-7293

Technology Resources

Anoka Technical College College Technology Services

  • The Office of Information Technology for Anoka Technical College takes pride in providing high-quality support and services for students, faculty, staff and guests. The office provides technology assistance and loaner equipment for currently enrolled students. Loaner equipment may include Chromebooks, laptops, hotspots, and web cameras.
  • Learn more online or contact the IT helpdesk at it.helpdesk@anokatech.edu or 763-433-1510

Affordable Connectivity Program

  • The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a government program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. If eligible you could receive monthly discounts on internet services and a discount on a computer or tablet purchase.

  • Learn more online

PCS for People

  • PCs for People provides affordable computers and low-cost internet eligible individuals and nonprofits. They offer refurbished desktop and laptop computers, low-cost mobile internet, and affordable computer repair.
  • Learn more online

Free Geek

  • Free Geek operates a thrift store, located in Minneapolis, which provides low-cost technology including computers and other electronic devices.
  • Learn more online or call 612-223-5967

Low-Cost Internet Services

  • The federal emergency broadband benefits program is available to eligible low-income households in order to help reduce internet costs and pay for computers. Also, some internet providers provide low-cost services options to those who qualify.
  • Learn more online

Transportation Resources

Anoka County Resource Guide

Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

  • CAP-HC's Transportation Services are designed to help income-eligible Hennepin County residents overcome transportation barriers and ensure they have safe and affordable transportation. Services include our Vehicle Repair, Auto Insurance Assistance, and Mass Transit Assistance Programs.
  • Learn more online

Vehicle Purchasing, Repairs, And Related Costs

ACCAP Transportation Solutions

  • Provides car repair, insurance, and licensing grants up to $700 to low-income Anoka County residents that meet the program’s requirements. Application and additional verification must be complete before eligibility can be determined.
  • Learn more online or call 763-324-2318

Cars For Neighbors

  • Assists Anoka County residents by helping them with transportation through vehicle repair.
  • Learn more online or call 763-717-7755

Elk River Car Clinic

  • The Car Clinic is a non-profit ministry in Elk River Minnesota that provides minor vehicle repair and maintenance to single parents, seniors, veterans, the homeless, or persons in financial need.
  • Learn more online

Caer Car Assistance

  • The Car CAER Program provides assistance with minor car repairs and tires for those who qualify.
  • Learn more online or call 763-441-1020

Lift Garage

  • For those who are eligible, the Life Garage provides low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase inspections of cars, express services to replace light bulbs, wiper blades, batteries, and free regularly scheduled car-care classes.
  • Learn more online or call 612-866-5840

Wheels for Women

  • Wheels for Women provides a vital resource for single working moms in and around Minneapolis by providing a reliable car, van, or SUV at no charge to women who qualify.
  • Learn more online

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties

  • The Car Ownership Program provides a low-interest loan up to $6,000 to help eligible low-income residents of Ramsey and Washington County purchase a car and support in the car buying process.
  • Learn more online or call 651-603-5885

Forest Hills Church Car Care Program

  • Car Care Saturday is an outreach mission program of Forest Hills Church, located in Forest Lake. Car service/repairs are made to a person’s car with a qualifying application, along with a free-will donation. Acceptance to this program is made in advance.
  • Learn more online

Interfaith Outreach

  • If you live in Hamel, Long Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth west of 494 or Wayzata the Interfaith Outreach may be able to help resolve immediate financial crises and connect you with financial and other resources. Assistance includes rent, utilities and car repair.
  • Learn more online or call 763-489-7500

Public Transportation

Anoka County Metro Transit

  • Students attending school in Anoka County may have access to Metro Transit College Passes or Student Passes, which are transit cards for students who travel by bus and train. Learn more online or call 763-324-32540.
  • Lower income residents have access to the Transit Assistance Program (TAP). Those who are eligible for TAP have a reduced fare pass and pay only $1 per ride, even during rush hour. Learn more online.

Metro Mobility

  • Metro Mobility is a shared public transportation service for certified riders who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses due to a disability or health condition. Rides are provided for any purpose.
  • Learn more online or call 612-602-1111

Transit Link

  • Transit Link is a dial-ride service and operates as a public transportation service in Anoka County. It picks riders up where regular fixed-route transit is unavailable in Anoka County. Transit Link will either bring customers to a fixed route bus stop or drive them from their pick up location to their drop off location. This service operates using accessible buses and is good for students that don’t live near bus lines such as St. Francis, Ramsey, Andover.
  • Learn more online or call 763-324-3250

Speedy Van Medical Transportation

  • Speedy Van provides transportation to and from your health appointment in Minnesota. They are a licensed Minnesota Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Company.
  • Learn more online

Violence Victim Support Resources

Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline

  • The Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline assists you to get help, get safe, and get support. One call connects you with an advocate trained in supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking who can help you find a shelter and the services you need in your area.
  • Learn more online, call 1-866-223-1111, or text 612-399-9995

Alexandra House

  • Alexandra House provides domestic, sexual, and relationship violence services to women, men, youth and families. All services are free-of-charge and include 24-hour emergency shelter, legal advocacy, support groups, housing and supportive services, youth intervention and prevention services, elder abuse services, community education and professional training, and more.
  • Learn more online or call 763-780-2330

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • RAINN provides support, information, advice, and referrals by trained support specialists. Support is available over the phone, via chat, or by using the mobile app.
  • Learn more online or call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 800-656-4673

Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Crisis Center

  • Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Crisis Center provides free and confidential services to all survivors/victims and concerned persons of sexual violence.
  • Learn more online or call 320-251-4357 or 1-800-237-5090

Family Pathways

  • Family Pathways’ support services provides healthy food access, domestic and sexual violence prevention and victim services, supervised visitation, and services for older adults and caregivers. Serves the City of Forest Lake and Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties.
  • Learn more online or call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 800-338-7233

Sexual Violence Center

  • Provides services to survivors, friends, and family free of charge and available to those who live in Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties.
  • Learn more online or call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 612-871-5111