Help Paying for Basic Needs
Houston County (Semcac)
138 E Main St, Caledonia, MN, 55921-1365
Offers cash or other short term aid to people in a crisis that is affecting their access to basic needs
Emergency assistance can vary based upon eligibility and available funds.
Offers assistance for households struggling with financial hardships by helping them to access Semcac programs and services, along with other community resources. Outreach Services staff advocate for clients, provide information and referrals, assist with completing applications for services, and administer crisis assistance as funding is available.
- Assistance with community resources
Licenses and Certifications
- Community Action Partnership
There are income guidelines for some programs.
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Thursday
Friday by appointment
- Dodge County 20 E Veterans Memorial Hwy, Kasson, MN, 55944-2208
- Fillmore County (Semcac) 515 Washington St NW, Preston, MN, 55965-1192
- Freeborn County (Semcac) 2202 Stevens St, Albert Lea, MN, 56007-3961
- Mower County (Semcac) 111 N Main St, Ste 201, Austin, MN, 55912-3457
- Semcac 204 S Elm St, Rushford, MN, 55971-8812
- Steele County 545 Dunnell Dr, Owatonna, MN, 55060-4750
Other Services or resources
Taxonomy Terms Used: Clicking a taxonomy term from the list below launches a new search.
BH-1800.8500-300Homeless Motel Vouchers Definition
Programs that provide homeless people with a temporary place to stay (usually one to three nights), generally utilizing a hotel or motel with which the referring agency has a prior agreement, but in some cases, temporary lodging selected by the individual. Also included are programs that provide vouchers for use in one or more of the community's homeless shelters.
BH-3800.5000Mortgage Payment Assistance Definition
Programs that make mortgage payments for people who are at risk of losing their homes without assistance. Mortgage payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
BH-3800.7000Rent Payment Assistance Definition
Programs that make rental payments for people who are at risk of eviction without assistance. Also included are rent supplement programs that provide assistance with ongoing monthly rental costs. Rent payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
TD-1600.2600Homelessness Advocacy Groups Definition
Organizations that support measures that address the needs of people who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless including the need for shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, medical care and basic human rights.
YB-9000Young Adults Definition
Individuals who are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 depending on the ages that specific programs use for qualification.
YL-3300.4500Low Income Definition
Individuals or families whose annual income is between 150 and 200% of poverty level for their family size.
YL-3300.6500Poverty Level Definition
People whose annual income is within the federal poverty level guidelines which vary according to family size and are revised annually.
YV-0400At Risk for Homelessness Definition
Individuals or families who are at risk for becoming homeless because they are unable to make their rent or mortgage payment and face eviction or foreclosure or who have already lost their permanent residence and are "doubled up", i.e., are staying temporarily with friends or relatives.
YV-3000.1800Evicted People Definition
People who have been expelled from their place of residence by a sheriff, federal marshal or other government official at the legal request of their landlord or other individual who has title to the property.
YV-3000.3000Homeless Families Definition
Families, usually consisting of two parents and their children but also including single parent families, extended families and nontraditional family groups, who have no fixed, regular and adequate residence, who are residing temporarily with relatives or friends or who live on the street, in emergency or transitional shelters, in a hotel or motel paid for with a shelter voucher, in seriously substandard housing or in an abandoned building, place of business, car or other vehicle, or other public or private place that is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for people.
YZ-3100Homelessness Issues Definition
Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of homelessness.