Blog: Social Issues
Free Summer Meals for Kids
Find free meals for youth ages 18 and under through the Summer Food Service Program. Use the Summer Meal Map, available through Second Harvest Heartland to find a location near you or call or text 612.516.3663 for locations.
How to Get Rid of Stuff
Spring cleaning is just around the corner. If you are wondering where to get rid of household items like mattresses, appliances, florescent light bulbs, old paint cans and more, find out using the Hennepin County's How to Get Rid of It Guide. Search for the item you want to get rid of, or browse a complete listing of items.
Low-income seniors and people with physical disabilites can apply to have their home, garage, or other structure painted with the help of volunteers through Metro Paint-a-thon. The applications must be received by mid-April and selected homeowners will be notified by mail in July. Volunteers are needed.
Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule
Don't get left out in the cold. Find out about Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule from the State of Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission. The Cold Weather Rule helps homeowners and renters protect and reconnect heat during the winter months.
Health Care for the Homeless
Hennepin County's Health Care for the Homeless provides medical clinics at 11 different shelters and drop-in centers. Find locations and hours to get health care, including treatment and medications. Appointments aren't required, but call the individual clinic to confirm it's open, or call the main phone number at 612-348-5553.
Minnesota Food HelpLine
Find solutions to your family's food needs by calling the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151. The help line is provided by Hunger Solutions Minnesota and is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assess your situation and provide help.
Choose to Reuse
Hennepin County is partnering with 72 local reuse retailers to offer coupon books valid through November 30th. Choose to Reuse coupon books are available at all Hennepin County Libraries. New this year is the ability to get coupons on your smartphone or tablet.
Free Community Meals
Find a listing of free community meals at CSR Minneapolis. Meals are located at various organizations in Minneapolis and the western Metro area.
Get Ready for MnSure
Enrollment for MnSure begins on October 1, but you can start finding answers to your questions about health coverage now. Find out how it will work, calculate your cost, and read answers to frequently asked questions.
Free Summer Meal for Kids
Find a free summer meal for kids using the Summer Meal Map through Second Harvest Heartland. The Summer Food Service Program is completely free and provides a nutritious meal to kids ages 18 and younger.
Should doctors be allowed to help terminally ill patients die? This is the topic of a recent report available on CQ Researcher, a database which presents both sides of timely controversial topics. Other recent reports include mental health policy, media bias, and free speech at risk, among many others.
Project Homeless Connect
On Monday May 20, 2013, Project Homeless Connect will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Over 100 organizations will be available to assist people experiencing homelessness find mental and chemical health care, employment training and placement, free haircuts, medical and dental care, ID assistance, and more. Volunteers needed.
24 Hour Crime Victim Hotline
Help is available for crime victims at 612-340-5400 through the Council on Crime and Justice. This is a 24 hour hotline available for all crime victims and is free and confidential. Advocates are available to provide guidance, advocacy, information and emotional support.
Become a Foster Parent
Are you interested in providing foster care? The first step is to attend a Hennepin County Foster Care Information Meeting. Find out more about the Foster Care Licensing Process and also the current needs in the county.
Homeless Shelter Resources
Find a variety of resources and services available for people experiencing homelessness at Hennepin County Homeless Shelter Resources. Shelters for families, youth, single adults, and for those experiencing domestic violence are listed. Also, for emergency and transitional housing help call the Metro Shelter Hotline at 1-888-234-1329.
Hennepin County Public Assistance
If you need help but don't know where to go, take a look at Hennepin County Public Assistance services. Find programs to assist with health care, food, mental and chemical health, services for immigrants, seniors, people with disabilities, and more.
Guns and Violence
Learn more about the arguments for and against gun control with Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Search for the "Guns and Violence" topic. Also included are recent newpaper and magazine articles on what causes violence and opinions on how to prevent it.
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