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Basic Needs Guide for Saint Paul and Ramsey County Residents: Other Needs

Find resources such as phone numbers, addresses, websites, and hotlines to help meet basic needs in Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

A Mask for Everyone

A Mask for Everyone
Request a mask for yourself, your family, or your business through Ramsey County's A Mask for Everyone initiative which ensures that everyone in Ramsey County has access to a cloth mask. 


Ready for Success
Ready for Success provides low-income women and men with gently-used and new professional clothing, accessories, and new personal care items suitable for job interviews and the workplace.

815 & 819 E. Franklin Ave.,
Minneapolis, 55404
(612) 872-1509

Joseph's Coat
Provides free clothing and household items. Photo ID is required. 

1107 West 7th Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
(651) 291-2472

Valley Outreach
Valley Outreach gives clean, gently used clothing to men, women and children as well as functioning household essentials to families in need. *Check website for new business model and operating hours.

(651) 430-2739

‚ÄčKidz Klozet
Provides clothes for kids. 

685 13th Avenue NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 789-3591

Alley Shoppe 
Provides clothing, cook wear, and other essentials to families in Ramsey County.

Arlington Hills Church
1115 Greenbrier St.,
St. Paul, MN 55106
(651) 771-5501

Sharing & Caring Hands
Provides various services in the Twin Cities such as a food shelf, clothing shelf, household goods, towels, cleaning supplies, toys, etc.  Walk-in showers and dental/medical health provided by volunteer medical workers. Help with emergency needs, rental deposits and bus/cab fare also. 

525 North 7th Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 338-4640


Lifeline and Link Up are federal assistance programs for low-income families. LIFELINE provides discounts (up to $10/month) on one basic monthly phone service. LINK UP provides qualified subscribers with a one-time discount (up to $30) off of the initial installation or start-up fee. Call your local phone company to apply or dial 1 (888) 641-8722.

Life Wireless
Free cell phone with 250 monthly minutes offered by Life Wireless and the U.S. Government. Proof of receiving public assistance required for eligibility. Call (612) 293-8859 for more information.


Metro Transit Services
Plan your trip ahead with Metro Transit, find out cost of fares, and learn about Transit Assistance Program (TAP). 

(612) 373-3333

Transit Link
Transit Link is shared-ride public transportation for the Twin Cities metro area where regular route transit service is infrequent or unavailable. Please call up to one week ahead of time to guarantee a pick up time.

 To schedule a trip, call Transit Link at (651) 602-­LINK (5465) weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Discover Ride Inc.
Discover Ride Inc. provides non-emergency medical transportation. Fees included. Serving all Metro and Ramsey County area Monday-Thursday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(651) 288-0327

Serves North St. Paul, Maplewood & Oakdale. Call to find out more.

(651) 227-6378

Care Crew
Care Crew provides volunteer drivers to help with appointments, grocery shopping, and other transportation needs.

(763) 784-2097

* Medical Assistance recipients are eligible for free medical rides based on their insurance provider.  Call the number on the back of the medical card for details.

Car Maintenance

Community Action Partnership: Call (651) 603-5880 for an application. CAP may be able to offer car repair cost assistance. Qualifications include:

  •  No SUV/Luxury vehicles                 
  • Title of the car must be in client’s name
  • Car cannot be over 10 years old                    
  • Help also depends on type of vehicle and mileage
  • The value of the vehicle must be more than the cost of the car repair
  • There is an $800 cap off on repair assistance