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Community action network sites:
Community Action Partnership National Association
Minnesota Community Action Association

County sites for tri-county area:
Carver County
Dakota County
Scott County

Affiliated associations:
Crisis Nurseries of Minnesota, Inc.
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral
National Head Start Association

Partner organizations:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative
Catholic Charities of Minneapolis
East Creek Family Center
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Scott Family Net

Vehicle valuation sites:
Kelly Blue Book
N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide Company

Housing-related sites:
Homebuyer purchase and repair funds
Housing Link

Minnesota Housing Partnership
Plain Persons Guide to MN Landlord/Tenant Law
Renters Tool Kit
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development MN Office

Other useful links:
First Call Minnesota
Senior Linkage Line
IRS Tax Forms
IRS Tax Form 8283 for Noncash Charitable Contributions

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PART ONE: SOURCES

LawHelpMN.org. Helping Low-Income Minnesotans Solve Civil Legal Problems.

Federal Information Center. 800-688-9889. For help in getting the right federal agency.

2-1-1 Minnesota: the United Way's Information and Referral Number Dial 211 or on cell phones dial 651-291-0211.

State of Minnesota Yellow Pages Directory (Online version of Minnesota Guidebook to State Agency Services).

State of Minnesota, Minnesota's Bookstore, 117 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155. 651-297-3000 or (800) 657-3757.

PART TWO: AGENCIES/ORGANIZATIONS

Public Information Policy Analysis. 651-296-6733. Provides assistance to citizens and government agencies in answering questions about Minnesota government data practices, including freedom of information and data privacy.

Minnesota Attorney General. 651-296-6196 or 800-657-3787. For interpretation of state laws.

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Agriculture
AIDS--HIV--ARC
Consumers
Crime Victims
Criminal
Disabled
Divorce
Gays and Lesbians
Hmong and Lao
Human Rights
Landlord/Tenant
Latinos
Lawyer Referral
Legal Assistance
Migrants
Municipal Law
Native Americans
Prisoners
Research and Writing
Russian
Seniors
Somali
Southeast Asians
Taxes
Vietnamese

AFRICAN AMERICANS

Minneapolis Urban League. North Office 612-302-3100; South Office 612-870-2695

St. Paul Urban League. 651-224-5771. Providing services to Ramsey county residents only.

AGRICULTURE

Farmers' Legal Action Group. 651-223-5400 or 1-877-860-4349 (MN Only). Provides specialized legal information and services concerning agriculture and farming.

AIDS--HIV--ARC

Minnesota AIDS Project. 651-341-2060. Provides consultation and assistance with legal issues related to living with HIV including estate planning, credit or debt issues, job discrimination, child custody and guardianship.

CONSUMERS

Hennepin County Attorney. Citizen protection/economic crime. 612-348-5550.

Minnesota Attorney General Consumer Protection. 651-296-3353. TDD: 612-297-7206. Investigates potential violations of consumer protection laws. Enforces consumer laws including fraud and false advertising. Racial profiling complaints.

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG). 612-627-4035. Non-profit group that advocates on issues of the environment, consumers and social and economic rights; funded and directed by college and university students statewide.

CRIME VICTIMS

Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education. 24-hour crisis hotline: (612) 626-9111. Provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to victim/survivors of sexual and relationship violence, harassment and stalking.

Citizens' Council Victim Services. 24-hour hot line: 612-340-5400.

Tubman Family Alliance - Crisis Line 24-hour hot line: 612-825-0000. Shelter for battered women and their children. Services include advocacy, information and referral to community resources, legal assistance in obtaining Orders for Protection, support groups and safety planning.

Crime Victim Justice Unit (Minnesota Office of Justice Programs). 651-282-6256 or 1-800-247-0390. Email: dps.justiceprograms@state.mn.us. Advise crime victims of their rights and monitor the enforcement of those rights. Investigate complaints of victims who believe they have been treated unfairly in the criminal justice system.

Directory of Crime Victim Service Programs (Crime Victim Justice Unit, Minnesota Office of Justice Programs). The directory is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all victim service programs in the state. Organizations listed receive funding from a variety of sources and may or may not receive funding from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Crime Victim Services. Inclusion of an organization in the directory does not imply that OJP endorses its programs or policies while exclusion does not imply that OJP disapproves of its programs or policies.

Sexual Assault Resource Service (Hennepin County Medical Center). 612-347-5832.

Rape & Sexual Abuse Center. Minneapolis. 24-hour hot line: 612-825-help (4357).

Women's Advocates Inc. 651-227-8284. Court advocate in family court to assist battered women in the shelter in getting Orders for Protection, etc.

CRIMINAL

Criminal Defense Services, Inc. 651-215-0668. For those who do not qualify for public defender.

Dakota County Public Defender. 651-437-4188.

Federal Public Defender. 612-348-1755.

Hennepin County Public Defender. 612-348-7530.

Legal Rights Center. 612-337-0030. An alternative public defender program providing criminal defense attorneys for low income and disadvantaged adults and juveniles.

Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC). 651-222-4703. An alternative public defender program and private nonprofit organization providing criminal defense for minorities and low income people.

Ramsey County Public Defender. 612-215-0600.

Scott County Public Defender. 952-454-8689.

State Public Defender. 612-349-2565. Handles criminal defense appeals for indigent people.

DISABLED

Disability Minnesota. This website provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. It also provides access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas.

Minnesota Disability Law Center. 612-334-5970 (Twin Cities metro area), 1-800-292-4150 (Greater Minnesota), 612-332-4668 (TDD). Provides specialized legal information for people with developmental and physical disabilities.

PACER Center: Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights. (952) 838-9000, TTY: (952) 838-0190, Toll-free in Greater Minnesota: (800) 537-2237.

DIVORCE

Chrysalis-Legal Assistance for Women. 612-871-0118. Volunteer attorneys present legal information at Divorce, Divorce Dollars and Sense, and Single or Divorcing Moms Information Sessions. One-on-one consultations with volunteer attorneys on family law issues at LAW Clinics are available by appointment. LAW Clinic issues include divorce, custody, parenting plans, child support, domestic abuse, paternity, and post-divorce matters.

Parental Abduction Child Recovery Team. 1-866-HOPE-163 (1-866-467-3163).

U.S. Divorce Reform. 952-890-7459.

Women's Advocates. 651-227-8284 (Crisis Line) or 651-227-9966 (Business Line).

GAYS AND LESBIANS

Lambda Justice Center. 612-379-2383. Preventive legal education, referrals and work place diversity training, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people.

Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council Legal Advocacy Program. 612-822-0127. Provides legal referrals and related services.

HMONG AND LAO

Hmong American Partnership. 651-495-9160. Providing social services to Hmong families in the Twin Cities area.

Neighborhood Justice Center. 651-222-4703. Legal representation by staff lawyers for juvenile and criminal offenses. Bilingual staff is available (Spanish/English and Hmong/English.

Womens Association of Hmong and Lao, Inc. 651-772-4788. Abstract: Serves residents in the St. Paul area. Advocacy for Hmong women and their families.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Minnesota Civil Liberties Union (MCLU). 651-645-4097. Investigates, researches and provides free legal counsel for cases that are taken as civil liberties violations. Takes only a limited number of cases involving fundamental issues and constitutional rights under the U. S. and Minnesota Constitutions.

Minnesota Human Rights Department. 651-296-5663 or 1-800-657-3704.

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. (612) 341-3302. Volunteer attorneys represent low-income asylum seekers who have fled persecution in their home countries with interviews with INS asylum officers and in removal proceedings before immigration judges. Also provides brief advice, pro SE (self-representation) information and limited assistance in preparing asylum application to asylum seekers not accepted for full representation.

LANDLORD/TENANT

HOME Line, A nonprofit Minnesota statewide tenant advocacy organization. 612-728-5767, Greater MN 866-866-3546.

Minnesota Multi Housing Association. Hot Line: 952-858-8222.

Minnesota Tenants Union. 612-871-7485. Answer questions concerning deposits, repair problems, rent increases, eviction notices and other tenant-landlord issues. Advocacy on behalf of tenants with landlord problems. Housing court assistance (membership based service).

St. Paul Tenants Union. 651-221-0501. Assist in multi-unit buildings to organize and address problems with rental units and landlords. Educate tenants about their rights and responsibilities.

LATINOS

Casa de Esperanza. 651-772-1723. Provides support and education to battered Latinos who remain in the home - Provides referrals to batterers to anger management and treatment programs.

Centro Legal, Inc. 651-642-1890. Civil legal services to low income Latinos - Family law (child custody, spousal maintenance, support modification, marriage dissolution) - CHIPS - Children in Need of Protection Services. Legal services for Hispanic battered women and provides referral to other resources. Helps Latino clients resolve resettlement issues such as immigration, permanent residence, suspension of deportation, and assists clients to obtain work authorization.

Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicios (CLUES). 612-746-3500 or (651) 379-4200. Provides help for victims/survivors of sexual harassment, incest, sexual abuse, rape and their families. Services include: Bilingual counseling, Legal advocacy, Emergency post-assault hospital.

LAWYERS REFERRAL

Alexandra House, Inc. 763-576-9999. Legal clinic consists of volunteer attorneys who answer questions regarding family and/or civil court matters. Offered 7 pm - 9 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Dakota County Attorney Referral. 952-431-3200. Attorney referral listing to provide names of attorneys, including those who have a sliding fee scale, to clients who can afford one.

Hennepin County Bar Association. 612-752-6666. Lawyers' referral and information line.

Minnesota State Bar Association.

Ramsey County Bar Association. 651-224-1775. Provides referrals to attorneys in Ramsey County - Screens attorney to assure they are licensed and have met the referral service's standards.

Washington County Attorney Referral Service. 952-351-7172. Provides attorney representation to individuals with problems in family law, housing, grandparent rights and consumer matters.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Legal Rights Center, Inc. 612-337-0030. Culturally appropriate legal services, advocacy and social-referral services for low-income juveniles and adults in the juvenile justice system and the criminal justice system.

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition. 651-228-9105. An Association of the seven regional legal services programs formed to enhance cooperation and coordination. The programs help low-income Minnesotans with a broad range of civil legal matters.

Neighborhood Justice Center. 651-222-4703. Legal representation by staff lawyers for juvenile and criminal offenses. Does not handle criminal cases. Serves Ramsey, Washington, Dakota counties.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. 651-222-5863. Does not handle criminal cases. Serves low income families in Ramsey, Washington, Dakota counties. New clients call 651-222-4731 during the hours: 9 am - noon and 1 pm - 3 pm. Seniors call 651-224-7301 in the morning. For all other business, call main number.

University of Minnesota Civil Practice Clinic. 612-625-5515. Legal assistance for non-criminal problems. Divorce cases accepted.

Volunteer Lawyer Network. 612-752-6677. Private attorneys volunteer their time to assist indigent persons with civil and pre-charge criminal advice. Will handle most family law matters.

MIGRANTS

Migrant Legal Services. 651-291-2837 or 800-652-9733. Provides civil legal information and services to migrant workers.

MUNICIPAL LAW

League of Minnesota Cities. 651-281-1200. The League of Minnesota Cities is committed to Cities building quality communities through excellence in governance, management and services to citizens.

Office of Citizen Service. 651-266-8989. The complaint department serving St. Paul Citizens.

NATIVE AMERICANS

American Indian Advocacy. 612-673-3028. Provides American Indians with information, referrals and assistance to city and governmental services.

Indian Child Welfare Law Center. 612-879-9165. Legal services that handle matters falling under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Indian Family Services. 612-348-5788. American Indian adults age 55 and over and/or American Indians who are disabled and living in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis American Indian Center. 612-879-1700. Provides services that is essential and appropriate to meet the needs of Indian families experiencing difficulties with the social welfare system. On-line case management system to coordinate child protection cases between tribal and urban service providers.

Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. 612-335-7029. Non-profit organization of American Indian attorneys and law students, non-Indian attorneys and law students who are interested in Indian law, and American Indians who serve as advocates, prosecutors or judicial officers in tribal courts.

Southern MN Regional Legal Services and East Side American Indian Outreach office. 651-771-4455. Low income persons in Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Scott, and Carver counties.

PRISONERS

Legal Assistance to MN Prisoners (LAMP). 612-625-6336. Provide legal assistance to inmates of Minnesota State Prisons at Stillwater, St Cloud, Lion Lakes, Shakopee, Oak Park Heights, Willow River, Faribault, Moose Lake, Red Wing and Rush City.

RESEARCH AND WRITING

Legal Research Center. 612-332-4950. Provides legal and factual research and writing to U.S. and Canadian attorneys in corporate, or private practice and factual medical research.

RUSSIAN

Minneapolis Jewish Federation. 612-593-2600.

Jewish Family and Children's Services of Minneapolis. 952-546-0616 .

Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services Program. 612.870.3600. Resettlement services for refugees entering Minnesota. Applications filed for refugees with relatives eligible for resettlement under U.S. refugee program.

SENIORS

Legal Advocacy for Older Americans. 612-332-1441.

Legal Services for Senior Citizens of Anoka County. 763-689-2849. Legal representation or advice in civil matters such as: medical assistance, medicare, supplemental health insurance, nursing home rights, Social Security Retirement.

Minnesota Age and Opportunity (MOA). 612-676-6300. Provides legal advice and representation to low-income seniors on a free, sliding fee or private pay basis. Home appointments are available for persons unable to travel to the office.

Ombudsman – Senior Services. 612-673-3004. A Minneapolis agency that provides information, referrals, assistance with City government issues, and tax preparation for seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income households. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-in or call for an appointment.

Senior Law Projects (St. Paul). 651-224-7301. Provides free legal representation and advice to low income and other needy elderly. Case priorities for representation focus on problems that affect low-income elderly.

Volunteers of America of Minnesota Senior Services. 612-331-4063. Provides legal advice and representation to low-income seniors on a free, sliding fee or private pay basis. Areas include: real estate, probate, estate and medical assistance planning, wills, conservatorships and guardianships, power of attorney.

SOMALI

Somali Community of Minnesota. 612-871-6786. Legal advocacy is provided to clients in the areas of immigration, housing, custody, juvenile, family and criminal law.

Confederation of Somalia Community in Minnesota. 612-338-5282.

SOUTHEAST ASIANS

United Cambodian Association of Minnesota (UCAM). 651-222-3299 or 800-326-1588. Provides legal services to Cambodians.

Southeast Asian Refugee Community Home (SEARCH). 612-673-9388. Pro-bono legal advocacy - Asian juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention. Crime prevention training, translation/interpretation in court - Court preparation and victim's services.

Southeast Asian Community Council. 612-521-4859.

TAXES

Internal Revenue Service. 1-800-829-1040. Federal income tax questions answered.

Minnesota Department of Revenue. 651-296-3781. State income tax questions answered.

VIETNAMESE

Vietnamese Minnesotans Association. 651-290-4791. Youth crime prevention/intervention - Services to victims of general crime and gang violence. Domestic abuse counseling including abused children - Referral to appropriate legal services.

Vietnamese Social Services. 651-632-8927. Information on health, social services, employment, welfare, housing and other resources available in the Twin Cities.


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