Energy Assistance Programs
Energy Assistance Program
Primary heat assistance. Assists in paying a portion of the household's home heating bills.
Reach out for Warmth
Assists households when funds for Energy Assistance are no longer available.
Energy Crisis Assistance
For emergency situations such as utility shutoff notices or non-delivery of fuel.
Energy Related Repair
Helps homeowners repair or replace a failing furnance.
Weatherizing your Home
Agency crews and contractors provide energy conservation measures such as insulation, weather-stripping, and caulking to help reduce energy costs. Furnaces are also checked.
Conservation Improvement Programs
Through local utility companies also provide funds to assist with energy conservation measures to help reduce the energy use of the utility's clients.
Emergency Housing Assistance
Lakes and Pines can offer emergency housing assistance to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis which can be the result of:
Injury or Illness
Poor Credit History
Emergency Housing Assistance Programs
Family Homelessness Prevention & Assistance Program, Emergency Services Program, Rehousing Program, Transitional Housing Program, Transitional Living Program
Home Improvement Programs
Housing Rehabilitation Loan
Financing to eligible households to make basic permanent repairs to their home which can also include making improvements for handicap accessibility.
Small Cities Development Program
Grant program that cities & townships (with a population under 50,000) or counties can apply for through the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.
Current Program Applications Available:
Pine County Septic
Braham Grasston (Housing)
Fix Up Loan Program
(Home Improvement Loan)
Head Start Programs
A family and child development program for preschool age children. All Head Start services are at no cost.
Health and Nutrition
Early Head Start
Provides preschool development for children ages 0-3
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Lakes and Pines is providing free tax preparation for eligible low-income individuals and families.
Financial literacy is having the knowledge and skills to make informed judgments and effective decisions about money management.
Family Assets for Independence in MN (FAIM)
Savings program to help low-wage earners in Minnesota build assets through the purchase of a home, pursuit of higher education or launching of a new business.
SNAP/Food Support Application Assistance
SNAP helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals.
Social Security Application Assistance
Individuals that qualify can receive assistance in re-applying and appealing for Social Security benefits.
MNsure In-Person Assistance & Navigation
Assisting individuals and families in obtaining health care coverage.
Assisting people in obtaining reliable transportation so they can get to work.
Area Food Shelves
Area Thrift Stores
Bridge to Benefits
American Red Cross
MN Assistance Council for Veterans
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Landlord or Tenant Disputes
Discounts on basic residential phone and cell service.
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Free Tax Preparation
Schedule your tax appointment at one of our four tax sites
Eligibility for Tax Clinic Services - Income Limits:
$30,000 Gross Annual Income - Filing Single
$53,000 Gross Annual Income - Filing Married or HOH
Partnering to End Poverty
*It is not the purpose of this website to identify all eligibility requirements of the various programs, priority for program services or availability of funding to provide the service.