During the Covid-19 Pandemic, additional resources are available.  Learn more on the Community Resources During the Covid-19 Pandemic webpage.

City of Mankato Public Housing (subsidized housing)

The Blue Earth County EDA staff's goal is to promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a safe and suitable living environment free from discrimination. The housing division strives to determine the housing needs of the county and then work with local, state, and federal resources to meet these needs. Applications are available online. For an appointment to apply, contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8631.

Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA)

CADA is a non-profit, victim’s advocacy and emergency shelter organization based in Mankato, Minnesota. Our Mission is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Shelter: 507-625-3966
Mankato Business Office: 507-625-8688
100 Stadium Court, Mankato

HOPE Center (Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education)

The mission of HOPE Center is to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education. Through innovative programming, we offer direct support to victims of violence in Rice County, collaborative support to other organizations that serve victims, and educational support to the entire community.
24 hour SafeLine: (800) 607-2330
Office: (507) 332-0882
1003 7th St. NW, Faribault

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Housing insecurity and homelessness pose enormous barriers to success in college. Many college students face the challenge of housing insecurity, struggling to balance the demands of their program while worrying about where to sleep at night. This leads to lower academic performance and lower graduation rates. No student should have to face these difficulties.
There are many resources available to college students experiencing homelessness, but these resources can vary substantially from one community or institution to another. Below is a partial list of resources that students may be able to access. Overall, students experiencing homelessness are encouraged to tell the staff at their campus about their situation. Staff from multiple areas of the institution may be able to help, including g the student services office, residential life, financial aid, faculty advisors, and others. Help can come in many forms, including from local nonprofits, government programs, and campus-specific resources.

Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC)

MVAC administers many programs which assist low-income families with housing, employment, transportation, and opportunities for children through the Head Start program. Call your local county office to learn more. The county offices are as follows:
Blue Earth: 507-345-6822
Brown: 507-354-3138
Faribault: 507-526-5291
Le Sueur: 507-357-4246
Martin: 507-235-5518
Nicollet: 507-345-6822
Sibley: 507-237-2981
Waseca: 507-835-8240
Watonwan: 507-375-5748

Northfield Community Action Center:

At the Community Action Center (CAC) of Northfield, we are “neighbors helping neighbors.” Our programs – from Creating Homes to Feeding the Hungry – meet the most basic needs of individuals and families who are seeking help. Our mission is to promote a healthy, caring and just community for all people through resources, advocacy and volunteer effort.
1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS-200, Northfield

Partners for Affordable Housing (PAH)

Provides shelter for homeless families and individuals, and helps them to secure economically viable long-term housing.
151 Good Counsel Drive, Suite 130, Mankato
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Rice County Section 8 Housing

The Rice County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is a public housing authority that administers the federally funded Housing Choice Voucher Program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program is designed to provide affordable, safe, decent and sanitary rental housing for low and moderate-income families. As vouchers become available, eligible families are called from the waiting list, which opens periodically.

Ruth’s House

Ruth’s House provides transitional housing in a safe, supportive and healing environment to help women and families on their way to a new beginning. Domestic violence, poverty, addiction, health challenges or other issues can lead to homelessness or feeling unsafe in one's home. Whatever the cause, Ruth's House provides transitional shelter and support for women and children in crisis.
219 Fourth Avenue NW, Faribault, MN
(507) 332-2236

Salvation Army Seasonal Shelter Faribault

The shelter is located inside the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Availability depends on funds and vacancy. Call and leave a message to schedule a meeting.   
Tuesday & Thursday from 12pm- 5pm
Faribo West Mall, 200 Western Ave., Faribault
(507) 333-1337

Salvation Army Seasonal Shelter Mankato

From November through March, the overnight shelter provides temporary, safe and warm housing accommodations for up to 33 adult men per night. The shelter is open seven days a week from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Residents receive a hot shower, dinner, and access to laundry facilities. Fellowship is also available.
Other services include Emergency disaster services, basic needs services, back-to-school supplies, winter apparel, Salvation Army store, and free noon meal program. 
Worship and Service Center
700 S Riverfront Drive, Mankato


The REACH Youth Drop-In Center

The REACH Drop-In Center supports youth who are at-risk, experiencing homeless or have run away. Services offered at The REACH include independent living skills, job search, employment assistance, college preparation (FAFSA application help and GED preparation), referrals to other community services, homelessness prevention, and many other services.
Drop-In Hours: Monday – Thursday 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Friday by appointment.
125 E Liberty Street, Mankato


Three Rivers Community Action

Three Rivers Community Action is a nonprofit human service organization created by local citizens and incorporated in 1966. Three Rivers' mission is to address basic human needs of people in our service area, thereby improving the quality of life of the individual, family and community. Programs include Head start, Senior Home delivered meals, housing weatherization, energy assistance, homeless prevention, SNAP, and Senior advocacy.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Faribo Town Square
201 S Lyndale Ave., Faribault

Veterans: Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)

MACV provides direct services and assistance to Veterans across Minnesota in the areas of housing, employment, and legal assistance.
724 Madison Avenue, Mankato
507-345-8258 or Toll Free 833-222-6228