General Assistance

Housing Assistance and Utility Cut-off Prevention

Because we seek to ‘fill the gaps’ in available government assistance, people needing emergency assistance must first seek assistance from the Minnehaha Department of Human Services at 521 North Main Avenue. Please click on the Referral Flow Chart link to the left of this page and follow the process of seeking assistance. When public resources cannot meet the need, our housing and utility assistance programs strive to assist with rent and first month’s deposit or utility shut-offs (when funds are available and clients meet requirements of assistance).


We have a limited number of bus passes and gas vouchers that can be provided to people who are in active job search and enrolled with the Department of Labor’s Career Services or who have obtained a job, but have not yet received your first paycheck.

NeedsFree Car Repair Assistance

Click the following link for more information about the NeedsFree organization and how The Community Outreach assists them in administering this car repair program:

Please call us at 605-331-3935 for more information regarding assistance in any of these areas.  We also strive to be very current on the many other community resources available and would like to set up an appointment with you to explore ways to address your current crisis and find ways to make your income go further.