Emergency Shelter Program (ESG)

Is there Homelessness in Rural Minnesota?

People experiencing homelessness might be:

  • “Couch hopping” (going from friend to friend, staying for a couple of days)
  • Using the last of their resources to pay for short stays at a local motel
  • Fleeing domestic violence
  • Living in their cars
  • Walking around businesses all night to keep warm
  • Sleeping in storage garages
  • “Camping” when it’s too cold outside
  • Sleeping outside

Prairie Five Community Action Partnership is here to help

can offer limited motel stays as a short-term solution while working with people to come up with a plan for long-term housing stability. Part of the plan may include employment and housing searches, connections to mainstream resources, and short to medium-term rental assistance.

at 320-269-6578 or 1-800-292-5437 if you are in need of Emergency Shelter Program. 

Transitional Housing Program (THP)

The Transitional Housing Program is a long-term housing program to help you regain self-sufficiency. The goal of this program is to transition struggling individuals and families into stabilized living situations. The resources are offered for people of all backgrounds, including single parents, children, and individuals that were recently evicted. The program requires an assessment, application approval, weekly case management meetings and constant contact with your case manager.

If eligible you must be WILLING and ABLE to work and must be able to prove a housing crisis.

If approved Prairie Five can:

  • Pay a portion of your rent
  • Provide assistance with referrals, phone calls, setting up appointments, application assistance, resume building, job search, family development, etc.
  • Tenant education
  • Budgeting/smart money use

Every applicant has a different situation. Your Case Manager will assess needs/services and structure program around the applicant needs.

Thousands of local families face imminent eviction or face some form of homelessness every year. It can be due to a job loss or unexpected financial hardship. When this occurs, these transitional housing programs can provide you the time you need to get back on your feet.

at 320-269-6578 or 1-800-292-5437 if you are in need of the Transitional Housing Program.

Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program (FHPAP)

The Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program was designed to help families or individuals get out of homelessness or prevent homelessness from occurring. If eligible, the FHPAP program can help with first month’s rent, security deposit or back rent/mortgage assistance up to a certain dollar amount.

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Fill out an application
  • Be able to prove your housing crisis (eviction notice, mortgage papers, etc.)
  • Must have income

During this program all applicants who are deemed eligible will also be required to watch the “Rent Wise, Money Smart” videos. The videos go over smart shopping, facts about debt and credit reports, saving, budgeting and more.

at 320-269-6578 or 1-800-292-5437 if you are in need of the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program.