COVID-19 Related Resources

Financial Assistance

COVID-19 Related Resources

Financial Decision Making Resources:

If you are having difficulty paying bills as a result of COVID-19, ask yourself these questions and use the UofMN Spending Plan worksheet to figure out your income and expenses before you make any big decisions And Use this UofMN finance tool to help you make financial decisions.

Unemployment Insurance:
If you have lost the ability to work because of circumstances related to COVID-19 or a variety of other reasons, please check out the MN Unemployment website for more information, application, and a handbook to walk you through the process. 

Free Renter’s 101 Online Course with a certificate upon completion:
The UofMN Extension office has is a free online course that helps you better navigate the rental process. Finding and keeping a home is an important step in maintaining a stable home environment. You'll get an overview of the tools and strategies you need to secure housing.

Through this course you will ensure you become a responsible renter by learning:
1. How to save money resources wisely to pay rent on time every month.
2. How to choose adequate, safe and affordable housing.
3. How to communicate effectively.
4. How to maintain a home.
5. How to navigate the rental process. This includes learning about screening, lease agreements, security deposits and moving out.

Therapeutic Service Agency (TSA):
For easy access to phone numbers to call for free, confidential, and anonymous mental health support 7 days a week please go to the TSA website for more information. 

Pine City Farmers’ Market:
Open Friday & Saturday between 11am – 1pm at the Pine City Fairgrounds. Please check out the Pine City Farmer's Market Facebook page for more information.

Central MN Council on Aging (CMCOA) Virtual Presenations:
CMCOA provides education and presentations and information to older adults, service providers, family caregivers, community organizations, employers, and others throughout our 14-county region. These virtual classes/presentations are conducted by our Senior Linkage Line Advocates.  One of the virtual classes is regarding Medicare. For more information about what services they have, please check out their website.

EBT online purchasing program:
On May 1, 2020, the federal government approved Minnesota’s request to allow households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) food benefits to purchase eligible food items with their EBT food benefits online. Participants statewide are now able to order online from the three retailers currently authorized to accept EBT food benefits in Minnesota: Amazon and Walmart and Aldi. For more information on EBT online purchasing, please click on this link.  

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer also known as P-EBT:
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children approved for free or reduced-price school meals when school operations are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizes the P-EBT program. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and Minnesota Department of Education collaborate in operating the program in Minnesota. For more information in 2022-2023 and prior school years benefits, how to update your mailing address and personal information, etc please visit the DHS P-EBT website.

How Seniors Can Stay Virtually Connected With Loved Ones:
This is published through the Senior Lifestyle. Please check out their website for ideas on how to stay & remain connected virtually. 

If you have any questions, please contact our agency by phone 320-216-4100/320-591-1570 or email