RESOURCES

For your convenience, below we have provided links to additional resources. Metropolitan Community Services does not endorse any product or service and no information in such sites has been endorsed or approved by this site.

BENEFITS CHECK UP

Use this free online service to see if you’re eligible for benefits to pay for food, medicine, rent, and other daily expenses. BenefitsCheckUp® screens for more than 2,500 public and private programs available to older adults. Click here to learn more.

ECONOMIC CHECK UP

Whether you’re retired or still working, it pays to be smart about your income. Discover tips and resources in your community to manage your budget, save money, find work, and set financial goals. It’s free, confidential, and from a trusted source: National Council on Aging, a nonprofit corporation. Click here to learn more.

ELDER LAW ANSWERS

This site has an extensive information on all aspects of law relating to older adults and their families. Find information on Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, medical directives, guardianships and trusts. The site also features an attorney referral service. Click here to learn more.

CRIMES OF PERSUASION  

Crimes of Persuasion is a website designed to inform the public, law enforcement personnel, justice officials, and victim support groups about various schemes, scams, and fraud. Specifically, the website was created to inform these individuals on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators. Click here to learn more.

MINNESOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Minnesota Attorney General's website contains various consumer protection information for Minnesota residents. The section entitled Housing & Mortgage may be of particular help as it contains information on landlord/tenant law, predatory lending, private mortgage insurance, and buying/selling a home. Click here to learn more.

TENANT RIGHTS, LAWS AND PROTECTIONS IN MINNESOTA 

Know your responsibilities as a tenant. Read your lease agreement carefully!

  • Landlord and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities - a booklet from the Minnesota Attorney General

  • Homeline is an organization that fights for tenants.

  • LawHelpMN helping low-income people solve legal problems. Evictions and landlord abuse, foreclosure rights, public and Section 8 housing, housing discrimination, denial of public benefits, divorce, child custody and support, domestic abuse, disability, debt collection and unfair loans, immigration, youth- and elder-related issues and more at LawHelpMn.org

POWER OF ATTORNEY

Power of Attorney is a written document often used when someone wants another adult to handle their financial or property matters. A Power of Attorney is a legal form but is NOT a court form. If someone becomes incapacitated or unable to make their own decisions (e.g., in a coma, mentally incompetent, etc.) and needs another adult to make decisions for them, the court may get involved to order a legal Guardianship or Conservatorship for the incapacitated person.

HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES

Health Care Directive is a document that lets you leave instructions about your health care and name a “Health Care Agent.” A Health Care Agent is someone you choose who can make decisions about your health care when your doctor determines you can’t make decisions yourself.

HOW TO BALANCE CREDIT CARD DEBT WHEN YOU'RE ON DISABILITY INCOME

Bankrate came out with an informative article providing suggestions as to how individuals who receive Social Security Disability benefits can manage their credit card debt. The article is titled: "How to balance credit card debt when you’re on disability income," and provides an overview of an individual's rights in relation to credit card debt.  Click here to access the article. 

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