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  • Extended Energy Assistance Program Hours at Minneapolis Locations

    CAPSH is extending its hours as Cold Weather Rule protection from utility disconnection is set to end on April 15th.

    Starting March 16th, 2015, CAPSH’s EAP offices at Sabathani Community Center and the Minneapolis Urban League will be open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. The program will continue to operate on regular business hours, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The extended hours will be offered through Wednesday, April 29th, 2015. CAPSH’s EAP office in St. Louis Park will continue to operate on extended business hours until Monday, June 1st, 2015. 

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  • Save the Date! Southwest Hennepin Youth Resource Forum

    Join us for a report to the community on youth services available to assist youth experiencing poverty, homelessness, or high mobility in Southwest Hennepin County. Community organizations will provide insight on the challenges students and youth (ages 14-22) are facing as well as services accessible to those who may approach you for help. 

    Date:     Wednesday, April 22, 2015  
                   11:00am to 12:30pm
    Venue:    Southdale Library
                     7001 York Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435
    Please RSVP to Christine Hart via email at or by
    phone at 952-697-1364 to save your spot!

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  • Community Leadership Series 2015: Nonprofit Workshop #3

    A community leadership series. Six workshops, one each month to help prepare your organization.

    These workshops are designed to help people thinking of starting a nonprofit organization decide whether a nonprofit is the best alternative for their organization and to prepare the documents needed to apply to be a nonprofit.

    In six months, you will work on completing all the documents you need to apply for your nonprofit status. You'll gain the knowledge you need to start a nonprofit or be ready to participate as a board member and save the cash you'd need to pay a nonprofit lawyer.

    Participants can choose which workshops they would find helpful given their role in the nonprofit.

    If you complete all six workshops, you will receive a certificate for completion of the Nonprofit Workshop Series. In addition, Marcy Harris, Lead Instructor and NonProfit Attorney will review your applications to the MN SoS and the IRS so you can be sure it will be accepted.

    Workshop #3: Monday April 13th     5:45 PM - 8:15 PM

    Are you a board member for a nonprofit, but not sure what your responsibilities are?  Are you thinking of becoming a board member, but want to know first what will be expected of you?  Please join us at our next workshop to find out exactly what you need to know.  Attorney Marcy Harris will answer your questions related to board members.  If you attended either or both of the first two workshops, you are encouraged to invite your board members to attend Workshop 3:  The Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members including the ByLaws Relating to Board Members.  

    Register Now

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  • DACA Update

    Due to a federal court order, USCIS will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 as originally planned.

    This does not affect existing DACA. CAPSH is continuing to provide application assistance for DACA clients or renewal of DACA  under the guidelines established in 2012.

    Debido a la orden de la corte federal, USCIS (Servicio de Inmigración) no está recibiendo peticiones bajo la expansión de DACA como estaba planeado para  el 18 de febrero.

    Esto no afecta las aplicaciones actuales de DACA.  CAPSH continua proveyendo asistencia a clientes que son elegible para DACA o a los que necesitan renovar su acción diferida bajo los requerimientos establecidos en el 2012.

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  • CAPSH Opens Energy Assistance Offices in Minneapolis

    CAPSH is pleased to announce the opening of three satellite locations in North and South
    Minneapolis to expand delivery of the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) to Minneapolis residents.

    CAPSH will open its offices at Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis on Monday, November 17th, 2014 and the Minneapolis Urban League in north Minneapolis on Monday, December 1st, 2014.

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  • CAPSH Extends Energy Assistance Services to Minneapolis Residents

    Minneapolis residents who have received energy assistance in the past, or would like to apply, should call 952-930-3541 or visit

    Applications that have already been submitted to Community Action of Minneapolis will be delivered to CAPSH and processed in the order they were received. Clients do not need to submit new applications unless notified by CAPSH.  

    Mail new applications to:
    Energy Assistance Program
    8800 Highway 7, Suite 403
    St. Louis Park, MN 55426

    Minneapolis residents who are interested in Weatherization Program, should contact  Sustainable Resource Center, Inc at 612-870-4255.

  • Foreclosure Prevention Counselors Saving Homeowners Millions

    Foreclosure prevention counselors have saved homeowners millions of dollars annually, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute for NeighborWorks America.

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  • IRS Warns of Pervasive Phone Scam

    The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

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  • CAPSH Announces New Executive Director

    CAPSH is pleased to announce the selection of Scott Zemke as its
    new Executive Director. 

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  • 2014 Legal Aid Fact Sheets are now available

    Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Legal Services State Support offer easy-to-understand fact sheets that give an overview for legal problems in the areas of housing, government benefits, youth, seniors, consumer, family, immigration, employment and taxes. 

    Visit to view, print or order fact sheets. 

    Click Here for fact sheets in Spanish. 

  • CAPSH Now Assisting with DACA Renewals

    CAPSH is taking appointments to assist clients who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) with the renewal process. DACA applications should be renewed every 2 years.  To calculate when would be the best time to file your DACA renewal application, visit

    For more information or to make an appointment, call 952-697-1365.

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  • Caring For Family Puts Women in Fiscal Squeeze

    Tuesday 24, 2014

    The New York Times reports 1 million fewer women age 45-54 in the U.S. work force than in 2009

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  • Proposals to House the Homeless Pour In

    June 15, 2014

    The Star Tribune reports $233 million in requests for $100 million in new state money.

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  • 95% of Minnesotans Now Have Health Insurance

    June 14, 2014

    Star Tribune reports only Massachusetts has a higher percentage of people with health insurance.

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  • MPR Says Food Support Use Remains High In Spite of Economic Recovery

    June 9, 2014

    Minnesota Public Radio Reports over 500,000 Minnesotans continue to use food support despite lower unemployment.

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  • Racial Gap in Home Ownership Worsens in Minnesota

    May 28, 2014

    The Star Tribune reports that in 2012 77 percent of white households owned their homes in Minnesota while only 39 percent of households of color. It is the widest gap in the nation.

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  • Some Landlords Dropping Section 8 Housing

    May 16, 2014

    The Star Tribune reports a tight market and an increase in rents is causing some landlords to opt out of the program.

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  • Poverty Spreads into the American Suburbs

    May 12, 2014

    The New York Times reports that by 2011 three million more people were living in poverty in the suburbs than in inner cities.

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  • Homeless Shelter for Teens Planned for Edina

    May 1, 2014

    The Star Tribune reports on plans for residences for homeless teens in Edina.

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  • War On Poverty Has Worked in Minnesota

    April 30, 2014

    MinnPost reports on the changes in poverty rates in Minnesota over the last 50 years.

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  • Star Tribune Reports Metro Home Values Sharply Higher

    April 28th, 2014

    Although home values have bounced higher, The Star Tribune reports 18.6% of metro home owners remain under water on their mortgages.

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  • Thousands Rush to Sign Up on the Last Day of Open Enrollment

    April 1, 2014

    The Star Tribune reports more than 152,000 Minnesotans had previously signed up for coverage through MNSure, thousands more tried to enroll on the last day.

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