Project HOPE (Homeless Outreach Prevention & Education) is a special SMRLS project working against homelessness in Ramsey County. In a collaborative partnership with Neighborhood House and Community Action Program, HOPE works to prevent evictions, prevent or reverse utility shutoffs, secure housing, and obtain security deposits to prevent or end homelessness. HOPE also advocates for the rights of families seeking access to shelter in Ramsey County.
Project HOPE offers:
- Financial assistance from public and private sources to:
- Prevent eviction
- Pay deposits or first month's rent
- Prevent or reverse shutoffs of electric, gas, or water service
- Legal advocacy to protect the rights of families in shelter or seeking access to shelter in Ramsey County.
- Legal assistance with public benefits and housing issues on a same-day, walk-in basis.
To qualify for Project HOPE, you must:
- Be a resident of Ramsey County. If you are homeless, any county benefits that you get, such as food stamps and Medical Assistance, must come from Ramsey County.
To Get Help:
To find out if you are eligible for Project HOPE, please call the SMRLS intake line at 651-222-4731. Intake line hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The financial assistance offered through HOPE is also available through Community Action Program of Ramsey and Washington Counties and Neighborhood House East Side Family Center.
Apply for Emergency Assistance before asking for financial help from Project HOPE, unless you have already used Emergency Assistance in the last 12 months.
For families with children
- Ramsey County Safety Net can pay up to $500 (sometimes more). Call 651-706-2946 and ask for Anna Bichler.
- Ramsey County Shelter Diversion can pay up to $750 for families with children who are homeless or at immediate risk of needing to enter a homeless shelter. Call 651-215-2262 and ask for Sara Gomoll.
For electric, gas or water bill assistance
- Community Action Program of Ramsey and Washington County Apply for Energy Assistance. Applications are taken from October through May for heat and electric assistance and year-round for water. Energy Assistance staff can help raise money from other sources even when Energy Assistance funding is not available.
- Energy Cents Coalition Apply for Power On/Gas Affordability Program. Sets an affordable payment plan for households that have received Energy Assistance in the past year.
- Salvation Army HeatShare Can pay up to $600 for households billed for heat.
- House Calls No interest loans of up to $500.
For specific parts of the county
- Neighborhood House East Side Family Center
- Salvation Army
- Merrick Community Services
- Keystone Services
- Community Support Centers: Call 651-399-5777 (Roseville) or 651-387-8050 (Mounds View)