New state grants allow Minnesotans to stay in their homes 

Fifty-seven organizations will receive more than $7 million in Live Well At Home grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services […]

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Fifty-seven organizations will receive more than $7 million in Live Well At Home grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to support aging Minnesotans. The goal is to help older adults stay healthy, independent and involved in their communities. 

“Most people want to live at home as long as possible,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “Supporting older Minnesotans to stay in their homes can lead to better health and quality of life. It can also ease pressure on residential care facilities that are struggling to find enough staff.” 

Here is a list of grants by location, grouped by region. 

Central Minnesota 

Aging Services, Cloud, $198,000. Community health workers will serve as front-line liaisons between health care, social services and community members, focusing on family caregivers and rural members of Latino and East African communities.

Assumption Community Faith Services, Cold Spring, $108,000. The program will increase accessibility and support to older adults in Stearns County and the St. Cloud area, working with the Tri-Community Living at Home Block Nurse Program. 

Paynesville Area Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Paynesville, $55,000. Services including accessible transportation, homemaking assistance and caregiver support will support older residents of Belgrade, Brooten and the Paynesville area. 

CARE – Community Action Respecting Elders, Foley, $60,000. Services will help Benton County residents in their community, reduce long-term care placement and decrease reliance on state programs. 

Frazee Neighbor to Neighbor, Frazee, $57,000. The program helps keep residents out of nursing homes through services including transportation, Meals on Wheels, senior socials, household repair services, home modifications, health and exercise classes. 

PARTNERS, Rothsay, $40,000. People Around Rothsay That Need Area Routine Services helps residents remain in their homes through exercise programs, blood pressure screenings, foot care and other strategies. The program serves the Rothsay, Carlisle and Foxhome areas. 

West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Elbow Lake, $275,000. Chore services and Ready Ride Transportation continue for aging residents, serving more than 7,000 households with programs including energy assistance, weatherization and home modification. 

Granite Falls Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Granite Falls, $58,000. Volunteers serve seniors, people living with chronic conditions and caregivers in the Montevideo, Dawson and Madison areas. 

Habitat for Humanity, Douglas County and Alexandria, $111,000. The Aging in Place program for low-income older homeowners will expand, to help people remain in their homes through low-cost, high-impact home safety and access modifications. 

Northern Minnesota 

Lighthouse Center for Vital Living, Duluth, $350,000. A donated building will become into an assistive technology center for older adults, adding to Lighthouse’s long-term services and supports. 

Legal Aid Service of Northeast Minnesota, Duluth, $93,000. Attorneys will serve on the health care teams of rural American Indian elders, helping address social factors impacting the health of American Indian elders and their caregivers. 

Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Carlton County, $196,000. The Communities Called to Care Program will restart services closed during the pandemic, including assisted transportation and DayBreak Group Respite. The program will also enhance other services such as caregiver counseling. 

Care Partners of Cook County, Grand Marais, $45,000. Funding will support services include specialized medical care, care coordination and caregiver support for people with serious illnesses. 

Access North, Hibbing, $122,000. Assistance helps homeowners return safely to their homes after a hospital, rehab or nursing facility stay with physical improvements. 
Elder Circle 2, Grand Rapids, $68,000. Funds will provide affordable transportation to help older adults engage with friends, family and community in Itasca County, with a focus on transportation needs. 

Something Cool Inc., McGregor, $44,000. Three initiatives focus on veterans, American Indian elders and adults with disabilities, with chore services, social opportunities and work with youth to provide outdoor activities. 

Angels, McGregor, $41,000. A raised-bed vegetable and flower garden offer easy access for seniors living with disabilities. Volunteers will provide transportation to the garden and assistance will be provided for people with hearing loss. 

Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority, Red Lake, $101,000. The Enhanced Modernization Program will assist 10 homeowners who need accessibility and health- and safety-related modifications to their homes. Fifty Tribal elders will receive personal emergency response systems. 

Northwoods Caregivers, Bemidji, $260,000. Expanded home and community-based services and caregiver support will focus on the Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and Lake of the Woods County. 

Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area, Park Rapids, $107,000. Services include local and long-distance transportation, light housekeeping, repair services, friendly visits and phone calls, ramp building, respite care, youth mentoring and dementia education and awareness. 

Horizon Family Services, McIntosh, $66,000. A pilot program in Polk and Norman counties will offer Lyft ridesharing. 

Stephen Living At Home, Stephen, $40,000. Essential services will expand, including transportation, meal delivery, friendly visits, phone reassurance, medication reminders, caregiver support and homemaking. 

Middle River Thief Lake Living Well at Home, Marshall County, $27,000. Services will expand for older adults and veterans to enable them to remain in their homes and integrate medical and home and community-based services to better manage chronic illnesses. 

Tri-Community Living At Home Block Nurse Program, Newfolden, $60,000. The program will maintain and strengthen services and supports, while expanding. 

Argyle HOPE Program, Argyle, $60,000. Grant dollars will focus on companionship, medical transportation, activities of daily living, respite care, meals, exercise classes and more. 

Pelican Rapids OAKS Living at Home Network, Pelican Rapids, $52,000. OAKS will strengthen existing services, dedicating more time to health, wellness and isolation, and enhancing caregiver and companion support services. 

Southern Minnesota 

Family Service Rochester, Rochester, $187,000. Neighbors Helping Neighbors will provide culturally appropriate community-based services in Olmsted and Rice counties, helping more than 900 residents live better in their homes and communities. Outreach will focus on Black, Indigenous and people of color, low-income, rural and veteran elders.

Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Worthington, $145,000. The Age Safely at Home program provides financial assistance and project management for home modifications such as ramps and bathroom remodeling. The work will reach 20 low-income households. 

La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership, La Crescent, $60,000. Neighbors in Action offers services for at-risk seniors, including veterans, LBGTQ+ and culturally and racially diverse people throughout Houston County. 

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities 2 – for Pipestone County services, Minneapolis, $98,000. Services will expand to Pipestone County in southwestern Minnesota, with accessibility modifications for 23 senior homeowners and 50 Safe at Home kits. 

Twin Cities

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Paul, $52,000. The project will improve access to home and community-based services for Southeast Asian older adults living in St. Paul public housing, in a culturally focused way. 

Anthony Park Area Seniors, St. Paul, $60,000. Services delivered through a block nurse program will be expanded. 

North-End-South Como Block Nurse Program, Paul, $50,000. Wellness and health promotion activities will support healthy lifestyles and reduce isolation and loneliness. 

Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities, Paul, $180,000. The network will expand to reach older adults with accessible, affordable whole-person mental health care. 

Como Park Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Paul, $60,000. The program provides a wide range of services and supports. 

Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt, Paul, $293,000. The assisted living facility for extremely low-income seniors will be renovated and modernized. 

Jewish Family Service, Paul, $125,000. The program will expand and improve access to cultural communities and a wider group of older adults and caregivers. 

Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota, Paul, $132,000. The Healthy & Joyful Elders Circle fights depression and isolation faced by many refugee elders through a variety of services. 

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Paul, $125,000. Home modifications will help older, low-to-very-low-income residents remain safely in their homes longer, with a focus on serving more homeowners of color. 

Hamline Midway Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Paul, $57,000. Serving the diverse St. Paul neighborhoods of Hamline-Midway and Frogtown, Hamline Midway Elders will continue work with older adults and volunteers to provide services that support older adults living in their own homes. 

East Side Neighborhood Services, Minneapolis, $251,000. Programming will help older adults better understand mental health issues, better manage chronic conditions, prevent falls, maintain independence and increase community connection. 

Minneapolis American Indian Center, Minneapolis, $128,000. The organization will add in-home supportive services for Native elders, including homemaker/chore services, home safety assessments and modifications to prevent falls. 

Lao Advancement Organization of America, Minneapolis, $52,000. LAOA will provide assistance to ethnic Lao caregivers and recruit volunteers to provide in-home respite care, with a goal of serving 25 ethnic Lao seniors with respite care. 

Nokomis Healthy Seniors Program, Minneapolis, $60,000. The program organizes volunteers to provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, caregiver respite, exercise classes and social interactions. 

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, Minneapolis, $151,000. More low-income older adults will receive home accessibility modifications. Outreach to veterans Black, Indigenous and people of color will increase, with a focus on Native American residents.  

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors Program, Minneapolis, $60,000. Outreach to Somali elders in the greater Longfellow area of south Minneapolis will increase, with a Solos Resource Group for older adults who don’t have traditional family support networks. 

Metro Meals on Wheels, Minneapolis, $96,000. The program will create a mobile app to improve communication with seniors and caregivers, with a focus on diverse communities. 

Korean Service Center, Minneapolis, $185,000. The program helps Korean immigrant older adults live well at home through services including transportation, virtual visit care service, caregiver support services and bedside care. 

Southeast Seniors, Minneapolis, $60,000. Services include companionship, in-home nursing on a sliding fee scale, service coordination, transportation, chore services, grocery shopping, intergenerational programs, health promotion activities and caregiver support. 

Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis, $136,000. Elderly East African Minnesotans will receive support to continue living healthy and connected lives in their homes. East African seniors are disproportionately impacted by health disparities including chronic diseases, mental illness, and social isolation. 

Apparent Plan, Eden Prairie, $63,000. START Senior Solutions will expand care coordination services to serve 80 older adults and family caregivers, and add service areas in Anoka and Big Stone counties. 

Cerenity Senior Care, White Bear Lake, $350,000. The 43-unit building will make interior renovations to make units accessible and meet accessibility requirements.  

Senior Community Services, Minnetonka, $96,000. With a target population of low or moderate-income older adults at risk of moving into long-term care, the program will expand critical chore and homemaking services in Wright and Sherburne counties. 

DARTS, West St. Paul, $69,000. DARTS will expand respite and home services, which improve quality of life for older adults. The organization will also establish and operate an affordable group respite program, expanding home services into Dakota County. 

CAPI USA, Brooklyn Center, $86,000. The Hmong Seniors program provides culturally appropriate support to enable independent community living for more than 100 low-income Hmong seniors. Programs include case management, caregiver support, benefits enrollment support, community gardening, home food delivery, volunteer companionships and more. 

Ebenezer Society Foundation, Edina, $207,000. M Health Fairview and Ebenezer Society renovated St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul to create the Fairview Community Health and Wellness Hub. Ebenezer’s adult day care services will serve approximately 100 older adults. 

Scott, Carver and Dakota Community Action Partnership, Shakopee and Rosemount, $36,000. CHORE programming and activities for aging adults will be expanded. Relationships will be with more community-based service providers. 


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