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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Hardware

If you are looking for an affordable computer, laptop or hotspot, click here to create your account and order it. All equipment comes with free shipping. If you qualify for free internet service, you can also receive up to $100 for purchasing a desktop or laptop through this program.

Imagination Library

Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality, age-appropriate books every month, to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income. Once the child is enrolled, the books will be mailed to their home each month. This program is not income-based. It is based only on the child’s age and where they live.

Internet

The Federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) will reimburse internet service providers (ISPs) $10 to $30 a month for providing broadband service and up to $100 for providing devices to eligible households. PCs for People has been approved for participation as an ISP in the ACP program and our eligibility, 200% of the federal poverty level, has been approved. This is a limited-time offer only available through this special signup process. Agree to the terms below to begin ACP Registration. This means if your household income qualifies, you can get your internet service at no cost.

Free Legal Help for Renters

Having trouble with your landlord or are unsure about a lease? HOME Line can help. HOME Line provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. We work to improve public and private policies relating to rental housing by involving affected tenants in the process.
Call 612-728-5767 or Toll-free from Greater Minnesota: 866-866-3546.
This program is not income-based.

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program pays up to $2,000 towards heat, power and water costs, and is free for all eligible households.

For emergency situations –  if your heat, power or water are disconnected, your heating fuel is gone, your furnace stopped running – contact your local Energy Assistance Program partner IMMEDIATELY.  Find your provider here.

Small Business / Start Up Help

SCORE can help you start, grow and transition your business. They have a free library, and can do things like help with creating a business plan.

Legal Support for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

The Entrepreneurs of Color Program is a Legal CORPS initiative to make its services more accessible and useful to recent immigrants and Black/Indigenous/People of Color. The goal of the program is to provide support and business law resources to small business owners and those who would like to start a small business who are from historically marginalized communities.
Note there is a $50 application fee.
Full-Representation Assistance: For individuals who need more assistance with their small business matters than a brief-advice setting can provide, LegalCORPS can arrange full-representation assistance — the equivalent of fee-paying representation. To determine applicants’ eligibility for such free assistance, LegalCORPS applies income guidelines and considers other factors affecting suitability for free assistance.