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General Information

Clay County HRA has programs for people experiencing homelessness.  All applications for these programs come through the local Coordinated Entry System (CARES-Coordinated Assessment, Referral, & Evaluation System).

 Our community uses a client-centered, coordinated entry system to access homeless services.  We use a brief assessment that helps us understand your housing needs.  Assessments can be done in any of the local emergency shelters, by homeless outreach providers, or at the Community Action Agencies.  We use this system to help streamline services effectively and fairly.  Services are based on funding and availability; housing is not immediate or guaranteed.   Housing Provider staff will contact people who have done the CARES assessment when there are openings in local homeless programs.

 All CCHRA homeless programs follow the West Central Continuum of Care Prioritization Policies.

Need a place to stay tonight in Cass or Clay Counties:  call the FM Emergency Shelter Network at 701-499-0000.  You can also contact FirstLink at 211 for information on community resources.

 Need a CARES assessment: 

 For Clay or Wilkin Counties:

Lakes & Prairies Community Action (CAPLP):

 For Becker, Otter Tail, or Wadena Counties:


 For Douglas, Stevens, Traverse, Pope, or Grant Counties:

West Central Minnesota Communities Action: