United Way 211
Remember 211 provides referrals to critical resources in the community. Check out the website and call 211 to speak directly with a specialist.
Free Tax Preparation Sites The Minnesota Department of Revenue can help connect you to tax preparation resources: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/free-tax-preparation-sites You may qualify for free tax return preparation through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or the AARP Tax-Aide programs. These programs help prepare federal and state income tax and property tax refund returns. Use the search tool on the Department of Revenue website above — or try the interactive map — to find sites, hours, and contact information. You may also qualify to file your own income tax return electronically at no cost. For details, see Free Electronic Filing. St. Paul Vet Center Small counseling center offers confidential help for Veterans, service members, and their families in a non-medical setting at no cost. Whether you come in for one-on-one counseling or to participate in a group session, at Vet Centers you can form social connections, try new things, and build a support system with people who understand you and want to help you succeed. No need to be enrolled in VA Health Care or have a service connected disability. Call center is available 24/7 at 877-927-8387. https://www.va.gov/st-paul-vet-center/ Safely dispose of unwanted medicine You can bring your unwanted, expired and unused medicines to one of five county drop boxes for free and safe disposal. Safe disposal of unwanted medicine helps prevent crime, drug abuse and accidental poisoning. Not flushing medicines down the drain or disposing of them in the trash helps protect our environment.
Locations: Arden Hills - Ramsey County Sheriff's Patrol Station 1411 Paul Kirkwold Dr. Arden Hills, MN New Brighton Public Safety 785 Old Highway 8 NW New Brighton, MN 55112 North St. Paul City Hall 2400 Margaret Street North St. Paul, MN Saint Paul - Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center 425 Grove St. Saint Paul, MN White Bear Lake Public Safety Department 4701 Highway 61 White Bear Lake, MN
Drop boxes are located inside the lobby at all locations. Free parking is available.
Please note that the medicine drop box located by the city of Maplewood Police Department entrance has closed as of Feb. 1, 2023.
For hours, acceptable items and more information
Need Help Finding Legal Help?
NEW LAWHELPMN.org Guide available
New resources are available to the public including the NEW LawHelpMN.org Guide. You can search by legal issue, lawyer, or the self help library available at www.LawHelpMN.org. The website is available in English, Espanol, Hmoob, and Somali.
Minnesota Legal Advice Online for low income Minnesotans: www.MNLegalAdvice.org
And a new Coordinated Intake Line for referrals for legal services. Call 1-877-BYMNLAW (1-877-696-6529) so you don’t have to tell your story over and over to different agencies.
The Minnesota Elder Justice Center has a great video library of their FREE resource webinars, including the webinar, “Finding Legal Help in Minnesota”, which shows how to use the new LAWHELPMN.org Guide and other resources listed above. Go to: https://elderjusticemn.org/resources/video-library/.
COVID Emergency SNAP (E-SNAP) to end
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) received a waiver from the federal government to temporarily provide extra Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits known as Emergency SNAP, or E-SNAP.
The temporary increase boosted households’ monthly benefit to the maximum allotment for their household size – or, if they were already getting the maximum amount, households received an additional $95 each month. Federal officials declared that the E-SNAP allotments will end after February 2023.
E-SNAP is issued the month after eligibility is approved, therefore most households will get their last E-SNAP payment in March and benefits will return to the standard monthly benefit in April. To learn more and read answers to frequently asked questions visit: https://mn.gov/dhs/snap-changes/end-of-e-snap/.
Ramsey County 2022 Food Security Needs Assessment Executive Summary Available