KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. (CAP)

Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)

Short-term help for low-income families, youth and single adults who are homeless or are about to become homeless


The Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) helps low-income families with or without children, unaccompanied youth and single adults who are homeless or are about to become homeless.

Resources and money help with:

  • Preventing homelessness
  • Getting back into housing right away
  • Staying in housing

Assistance usually takes the form of short-term help with rent. It may also help with utility costs. Payments may help to prevent foreclosure or eviction.

Additional Information

The FHPAP project helps to prevent homelessness for families and individuals in both Itasca and Koochiching Counties. Funds are utilized to provide short-term rent assistance or mortgage foreclosure prevention assistance to eligible households.

Staff provide advocacy, housing search assistance and connection to other resources if needed. Some funds are utilized for transportation issues and/or car maintenance if this is a barrier to ability to work.


  • Organization Type
    • Community Action Partnership
  • Specialization
    • Homeless
    • People with low income


Recipients are households at or below 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines and the household must be experiencing a housing crisis and a need for assistance.

Housing assistance and services may vary by region or agency. There are FHPAP programs in all Minnesota counties and six of the northern tribal nations including Red Lake, White Earth, Fond Du Lac, Bois Forte, Mille Lacs and Leech Lake.

Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Persons in Itasca and Koochiching Counties Income eligible, must have exhausted all other resources and able to benefit from short-term financial bridge.

Eligible participants must have stable income and ability to pay ongoing rent or mortgage. Participants must be willing to receive case management, one-on-one tenant training, and/or financial counseling.

Households must be willing to participate in follow-up at 6 months and 12 months following assistance. Goals are to stabilize housing, promote self-sufficiency, and prevent homelessness.

Application Instructions

Referrals and entry to all housing programs start with First Call for Help: dial 2-1-1. Call 218-326-8565 (800-442-8565 in Koochiching County) between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday and speak with a Coordinated Entry Screener. After the initial screening, an appointment will be scheduled with a case manager and the caller will be placed on a priority/wait list. Being on the list does not guarantee housing or assistance.

If you are homeless or within 14 days of becoming homeless, please contact First Call for help by dialing (800) 442-8565 (800-442-8565 in Koochiching County)


Fees depend on program.


2232 2nd Ave E, International Falls, MN, 56649

Area Served

Koochiching County

Phone Numbers

  • Primary Contact for this program: 218-623-3033
  • Main: 218-283-9491
  • TDD: 800-627-3529
  • Toll Free: 800-559-9491



Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday


Other Locations

Other Services at this Location

  • Early Head Start Home visiting or center-based services and programs for low-income families with infants and toddlers that support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency
  • Energy Assistance Program Helps renters and homeowners pay their home heating bills and may also assist homeowners to fix or replace their broken furnace
  • Head Start Services and programs that prepare low-income families with preschool children (ages 3 - 5) for their transition to public school kindergarten and to support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency
  • Home Repair Financial Assistance Loans to eligible homeowners to increase the accessibility of their house or make needed fixes
  • Teen Parent Assistance Helps prepare young parents with classes or other educational programs and support
  • Transitional Housing Time-limited housing and support services for individuals and/or families
  • Weatherization Assistance Program Helps low-income homeowners and renters to reduce energy costs

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