Energy Assistance Program Now Open Until 8:00 PM on Mondays
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin’s (CAPSH) Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is extending its hours to manage the increase in Energy Assistance applications in response to the expanded eligibility guidelines and string of subzero days. As of March 3rd, 2014, CAPSH’s Energy Assistance Program is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Mondays.
State Establishes Public Propane Hotline
The State Emergency Operations Center has established a public hotline for Minnesotans with propane issues or questions. The Hotline will operate Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota residents with questions about the current propane situation or who are in danger of running out of heating fuel can call 651-297-1304 in the metro area or 1-800-657-3504 in greater Minnesota.
CAPSH Navigators Offer In-person Assistance With MNSure
Uninsured? Underinsured? Have Questions about the Affordable Care Act? Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin can help you navigate through MNSure, Minnesota's health exchange.
For more information or to make an appointment call 952-697-1367.
Tax Assistance Schedule Now Available
Free tax assistance is available for eligible people and families. Click the Read More button for dates and locations.
$2,000 Scholarship Awards for 75 High School Seniors
The Pohlad Family Foundation is pleased to announce the return of the Pohlad Scholars Program. The awards will be distributed to high school seniors graduating in May/June 2014 and residing in the seven-county Metro Area. These awards are structured to be last money in so students do not lose any other financial aid opportunities.
Star Tribune Reports on Increased Eligibilty for Energy Assistance
February 5, 2014
Governor Dayton used his executive authority to provide fuel assistance to more families during this long, cold winter.
War On Poverty Works But Unevenly Across the States
February 2, 2014
Stateline does a state by state comparison of how the War On Poverty has fared across the US..
A Majority of Food Support Users Are Working Age
January 27, 2014
The Associated Press reports the program used to mainly go to children and the elderly. That has changed.
Star Tribune Reports Layoffs of SNAP nutrition educators
January 27, 2014
The Star Tribune reports the layoff of 44% of the University of Minnesota Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education employees.
Cold Weather Driving Need For Fuel Assistance
January 27, 2014
Star Tribune reports the bitter cold is breaking peoples' fuel budgets.
Cuts in Federal Rent Aid Hurts Thousands of Minnesotans
January 17, 2013
The Star Tribune reports that by the end of the year more than 3 thousand Minnesotans will lose their Section 8 vouchers.
New Efforts to End Homelessness Take Integrated Approach
January 16, 2014
MinnPost reports Governor Dayton proposes spending $50 million on new housing initiative.
Essay in The Atlantic Explains Why It's Expensive to be Poor
January 15, 2014
Barbara Ehrenreich writes about the ways that low wage jobs trap people in poverty.
Twin Cities Housing Prices Hit 5 Year High
January 14, 2014
The Star Tribune reports a drop in distressed housing help fuel the rise. Only 26 percent of all closings last year in the Twin Cities metro were foreclosures or short sales, compared with 40 percent in 2012 and 50 percent the year before.
Doctors Say Cutting Food Support Could Backfire
January 10, 2014
The Associated Press reports doctors are warning that cutting food support could cause other government spending to rise.
State Took Responsibility for MNSure's Technical Infrastructure in May
January 8, 2014
MinnPost reports the Legislative Auditor says examining MNSure’s problems is his agency’s top priority.
Legislative Auditor Will Examine MNSure
January 7, 2014
The Star Tribune reports Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles will look at both the state and vendor responsibilities for the healthcare exchange problems.
Build on Success in Helping the Homeless
January 6, 2014
Star Tribune editorial points at progress in both St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Governor Dayton Blames Vendor For MNSure Problems
January 3, 2014
MinnPost reports the governor's letter to IBM Curam got an immediate response.
As First Deadline Passes Some are Insured Others Don't Know
January 1, 2014
Star Tribune reports many clinics and pharmacies say they will provide treatment first, sort out payment later.
Wells Fargo Agrees to Pay Fannie Mae $541 Million
December 30, 2013
Reuters reports this and other settlements have the taxpayer funded bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac nearly breaking even.
9600 Minnesotans Lose Extended Unemployment Benefits
December 29, 2013
The Star Tribune reports another 57,000 Minnesotans would become eligible for extended unemployment benefits in 2014.
1.3 Million Will Lose Unemployment Benefits December 28
December 27, 2013
The Washington Post reports the loss of extended benefits will slow economic growth.
MNSure Releases Tips on Website Troubles
December 24, 2013
The Star Tribune reports on the most common problems with the MNSure website and provides tips on how to avoid some of them.
MN WI on Different Health Care Paths
December 23, 1013
MinnPost reports on the very different approachs the two states have taken to the Affordable Care Act.
Affordable Care Act is Working for some Minnesotans
December 23, 2013
MinnPost proflies a Minnesota woman whose family is about to get reliable coverage.
State Cutting Medicaid Benefits For the Elderly
December 21, 2013
The Star Tribune reports the cuts are designed to make the program sustainable, but advocates fear it may force thousands to leave their homes over the next few years.
War On Poverty Works
December 11, 2013
The Washington Post reports the 50 year long effort has reduced poverty in America and says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped keep the poverty rate flat during the Great Recession.
Homelessness Has Fallen in the U.S. But Funding Cuts Loom
December 10, 2013
The Economist reports efforts to reduce homelessness have worked but the success is threatened by budget cuts.
MNSure Has Caused Tears, Frustration and Joy
December 1, 2013
The Pioneer Press reports on the range of experiences for people shopping on the Minnesota health care exchange.
Health Care Inflation Rate is Lowest in 50 Years
November 21, 2013
Christian Science Monitor report appearing on MinnPost says Obamacare may be partly responsible.
IRS Warns of Pervasive Phone Scam
November 4, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service says scammers are targeting recent immigrants with lies and threats.