Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

List of Helpful Resources

For seniors, veterans, disabled individuals, or low-income residents:

Senior Linkage Line
Assists seniors and disabled persons find any services they need. For more information, please call 1-800-333-2433 or visit

Senior Community Services
Provides chore services including lawn mowing, snow removal, and minor home repair work. For more information, please call 952-541-1019.

Disability Linkage Line
A service to help people with disabilities and chronic illnesses connect to community services. For more information, please call 1-866-333-2466.

Helps seniors and the disabled live independently at home, by matching them with people who can help with housekeeping, minor home repairs, lawn-mowing, snow removal, seasonal jobs, and outdoor chores. Application deadline is in the spring. For more information, please call 612-276-1578 or email

A Brush with Kindness
Volunteers help low-income homeowners do minor exterior repairs, light landscaping, clean-up, and painting. Able-bodied homeowners work alongside volunteers on repairs. For more information, please call Allie Berg at 612-788-8169 or email

Hearts & Hammers
Volunteers perform exterior work for homeowners who are physically and financially unable to maintain their property. Potential work includes painting, caulking, repair, or replacement of windows and doors; ramp construction; repair or replacement of exterior light fixtures; landscaping; removal of debris; and other services to restore the character of the home and to improve its weatherproofing and security. All work is free and completed by a crew of volunteers in one day. Application deadline is in the spring. For more information, please call 763-502-1000 or email

Metro Paint-A-Thon
Helps low-income seniors and people with permanent physical disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes. Each summer, particularly the first weekend of August, teams of volunteers paint home exteriors for those who can no longer physically do such maintenance and cannot afford to hire a contractor. For more information, please call 612-276-1579.

Rebuilding Together
Provides volunteer-delivered repairs, including weatherizing, cleaning, installing flooring, patching and painting, siding, and landscaping. Can also provide larger assistance like repair or replacement of vital systems in a home, such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, outer envelope, and/or roof systems. For more information, please call 651-776-4273 or email

Hennepin County Veterans' Services
Hennepin County veterans' services helps veterans and their families obtain the benefits and services they have earned. For more information, please call 612-348-3300 or email 

Financing and Loans for a variety of income levels (check with your bank, too)

Center for Energy & Environment
Offers a variety of low-interest loans and grants to Minneapolis property owners–including rental property–for home repairs. For more information, please call 612-335-5858.

GMHC HousingResource Centers
The Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC) HousingResource Centers provide code-abatement loans, home-improvement financing, deferred loans, construction consultations, and housing information. For more information, please call 612-588-3033 (Northside) or 612-722-7141 (Southside).

Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis
Helps owner-occupants of select neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis with repairs and remodeling. For more information, please call 612-521-3581.

City of Minneapolis Resources

Homeowner Navigation Program
This City program helps qualifying seniors and veterans who are disabled and/or low-income to address housing violations and bring their properties up to code. For more information, please call Angie Hugen at 612-673-3028.

Minneapolis Health Department
Currently accepting grant applications to fix lead hazards in the homes built before 1978. This grant is available for income-qualified owner-occupied and rental properties. For more information, please contact Alex Vollmer at Applications available at

Department of Public Works
Has responsibilities ranging from garbage removal, recycling, yard waste, parking, sewer maintenance, sidewalks, snow removal, storm and surface water management, and street sweeping. For more information, please call 612-673-3000. 


Minnesota Homeownership Center
Assists first time home buyers with homeowner preparation and foreclosure prevention. For more information, please call 651-659-9336.

Vacant Housing Recycling Program
This program brings CPED’s expertise together with neighborhood-based partners in efforts to remove blight. It also provides matching funds for the acquisition and disposition of residential properties. For more information, please call 612-673-2233.

Minneapolis Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Eligible uses of the funds include: financing mechanisms, purchase and rehabilitation of abandoned and foreclosed homes, etc. For more information, please call Community Planning & Economic Development at 612-673-5095.

Last updated Jun 13, 2016