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Help Paying for Basic Needs

1222 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN, 55104-4151

Distance: 1115 Miles

(651) 242-9441


Service Details


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.

Additional Information

On The Bus: Provides monthly bus passes for people who are homeless and returning to work

Tools for the Job: Equipment and tools - Trade tools for construction workers, welders, barbers, beauticians, chefs

No cash is provided.


  • Payment
    • Free / no cost to eligible clients 


Adults (and indirectly, their families) who are:
* Experiencing homelessness
* Precariously housed or highly mobile
- Includes people who live on the streets, in their cars, in shelters, or temporarily with friends or family while bouncing from place to place while trying to find a way to get a place of their own.
* Have a verifiable job offer or have started a new job in the last two months

Individuals who are no longer homeless will not be considered.

Application Instructions

Call (651) 242-9441 to check eligibility. Eligible applicants will be given an application password to use to fill out an online application.

Once the completed application is received at the office, they contact the listed employer to verify employment (usually the day application is received).

Once employment is verified, a staff member will contact the applicant to schedule a meeting time to get assistance and fill out acceptance paperwork.

Business Hours

9:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

Twin Cities Metro Area


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (651) 242-9441

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