The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services serves Minnesotans in all 87 counties and 11 tribes. More than one million Minnesotans receive some sort of help from our department. Among these are our grandparents, neighbors, friends, relatives and classmates.
Many of the people we serve only need assistance for a short period of time, while others need longer-term assistance. At DHS our goal is to meet people where they are at, and focus on outcomes to improve life situations, and to get people the help they need so they can reach their full potential.
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Michelle connected with Arc West Central Housing Access Services staff through her case worker in Clay County. Michelle was interested in purchasing a mobile home that was located in Brainerd. Budgeting help showed Michelle that she couldn't afford to move into the home, so Michelle began working with Arc to find a home she could afford.
When Michelle was ready to move she was able to use support from the Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals Waiver (CADI) waiver program in her own place.
After pursuing several possibilities, Housing Access staff was able to work with Michelle to locate an apartment that would also accept her dog. Arc Housing Access Services staff helped with an application fee, security deposit and the paperwork needed for approval of the apartment. Staff worked with Michelle to locate a bed for her new place via their relationship with The Arc thrift store.
“I am thrilled to be in this beautiful apartment and Lady (my dog) can stay with me," Michelle says.