Peacetime Emergency Resources

Resources to support families during peacetime and emergency crises.

COVID-19/Coronavirus in Minnesota Updates - COVID-19**
(Additional COVID-19 specific information is referenced by asterisks ** throughout the sections below.)
State of MN website
MN Department of Health website
COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children and Teens
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens and where to find them:
Child Care
Child care information - COVID-19**
Child care assistance (MN Department of Human Services website)
Child care provider search: Parent Aware
Crisis Nursery
Child care for families going through a crisis or emergency
Education Services
MN Department of Education website - COVID-19**
Unemployment Benefits
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (
Financial Assistance
Apply for county programs, including Diversionary Work Program (DWP), Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Emergency General Assistance (EGA), Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA).
Bridge to Benefits
Bridge to Benefits is a project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. Visit their website to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. No identifying information is collected.
Community Action Agencies
Community Action Agencies provide local, state, federal and private resources to help individuals and families who have low incomes such as energy assistance, food, housing, job training, and transportation.
Energy Assistance Programs
Help for homeowners and renters with home heating expenses
Food Support
Emergency Food Support - COVID-19**
County Programs for Food Support
Apply for county programs, including Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), SNAP Food Support, and WIC.
Food Shelves
Free food support
Minnesota Food HelpLine
Call, chat or email to get help from the Minnesota Food HelpLine to see if you qualify for SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) or to learn more about food shelves, free meals, farmers’ markets, or other food resources in your area.
WIC (Prenatal to age 5)
Healthy eating and breastfeeding support program for women, infants and children. Benefits include nutrition information, vouchers for healthy food, and referrals to other services in the community.
Healthcare Insurance
MNSure - COVID-19**
Healthcare programs (MN Department of Human Services website)
Housing Support
MN Housing Finance Agency website - COVID-19**
Affordable Housing Options
Subsidized housing, HRA Housing Choice Vouchers, Privately Owned Affordable Housing
Family Homeless and Prevention Assistance Program
Short-term help for low-income families, youth and single adults who are homeless or about to become homeless
Help to Find Housing
Assistance with locating a place to live
Housing Assistance (Short and Long Term Financial Assistance)
Emergency, domestic violence and youth shelters
Transitional Housing Programs
Housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need of safe housing
Mental Health Crisis Lines
Help for adults and children in crisis
Mental Health Information (MN Department of Human Services website) - COVID-19**
Parenting Support Programs
Education and support for parents