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Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA)

Program Description

Employment and Training

  • CareerForce-As a partner with CareerForce, AEOA provides under-employed and unemployed individuals with information on coping with unemployment, seeking and applying for employment, maintaining employment, as well as providing information on training opportunities and other forms of employment and training assistance. Job Clubs offer an opportunity for job seekers to network with other job seekers and to share experiences in their search for employment.
  • Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM)-The FAIM Program is a matched savings project to help low-wage earners build assets through purchase of a home, pursuit of higher education, or launching a small business. Income limits apply, and participants are provided financial literacy and asset-specific education in either homeownership, college preparation, or business development.
  • Minnesota Dislocated Worker Program (DW)-The DW Program helps workers who lost their job through no fault of their own find a new career. An individual typically must qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to be eligible. DW staff work with the unemployed worker to re-enter the workforce in a stable job within a high-demand occupation providing career counseling and planning. Resources available through the DW program can include financial assistance for approved training, housing assistance, transportation assistance, relocation assistance, childcare, and other career-related needs. There may also be an opportunity for paid on-the-job training.
  • Minnesota Family Resiliency Program (MFRP)-The MFRP Program is for individuals who have lost their primary source of income for reasons such as loss of a relationship through separation, divorce, death, or disability. If you lose public assistance benefits you may also qualify for the program. You must have provided unpaid household services for at least two years, have lost your primary source of income, and now find that you must support yourself or your family. Employment Counselors help individuals seek employment, assist in budgeting, teach stress management skills, and provide guidance and support, among other things. There are limited financial resources to assist clients with training costs, transportation, childcare, and housing assistance. Eligible MFRP participants may also be eligible to receive services from the Dislocated Worker program which could include additional assistance with training, transportation, childcare, and housing assistance.

Housing Resources

  • First-time Homebuyer Program-The Homeownership Assistance Program is designed to promote and encourage homeownership by providing training and counseling to first-time homebuyers. Down payment and closing cost assistance may be available to income-eligible, qualified first-time homebuyers who complete the workshop.
  • Homeless Services-Homeless services are designed to keep community members housed, either through prevention resources or rapid rehousing. This includes assistance in finding housing and other support services, as well as direct assistance with rent, security deposits, mortgage, and other assistance targeted for families, single adults, and youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Those experiencing homelessness or precariously housed should start the eligibility process by calling 211 for an intake.
    • Emergency and Transitional Housing—AEOA owns and operates the homeless shelter, Bill’s House in Virginia, which consists of four emergency housing units and eight transitional housing units. AEOA also owns and operates the homeless shelter Home on the Range in Hibbing that consists of 28 emergency housing units, as well as and two additional emergency apartment units in Hibbing. Individuals can reside in emergency housing units for a maximum of 30 days and 90 days in transitional units. Residents of AEOA shelters receive case management, which provides one-to-one supportive services to help them stabilize their lives and work on self-sufficiency.
    • Homeless Youth Housing-Owned by AEOA, the Virginia Youth Foyer is independent and permanent living for youth who are homeless and in need of permanent housing. The building consists of 13 efficiency units and two 2-bedroom units. Youth play an active role in creating community within the Foyer as support groups, cooking groups, parenting classes, GED prep, and more take place on-site. Specialists in mental health and chemical health assist in assessment, goal planning, and case management for those young people most in-need.
    • Housing Support Services for Adults with Serious Mental Illness (HSASMI) – HSASMI provides direct services to adults with serious mental illness who need assistance with accessing housing. Eligible clients are screened and assessed, and an individualized housing support plan is developed. The client receives assistance with the housing search, application process, identifying resources available to cover one-time expenses that facilitates the access of housing and establishment. In addition, a housing support crisis plan is developed that includes prevention and early intervention services when the client’s housing is jeopardized.
    • Permanent Supportive Housing – Located in Eveleth at the Italian American building is the Single Room Occupancy program that is owned and operated by AEOA. This program consists of 12 efficiency apartments for single homeless individuals. Site-based Section 8 is provided, and individuals pay 30% of their income for rent. The Ivy Manor in Virginia provides housing stability to individuals who are homeless or have physical and/or emotional disabilities.

 HOUSING SERVICES

  • Energy Assistance Program (EAP)-AEOA’s Energy Assistance Program helps low-income residents heat their home throughout the winter by providing help and information needed to manage their fuel costs. The program provides financial grants to be used toward energy costs for residential heating bills with additional funds available for crisis situations and energy-related repairs. Households must provide verification of their incomes for the eligibility period to qualify for this program.
  • Single Family Rehabilitation-AEOA administers a variety of programs for eligible homeowners to make basic improvements to the safety, livability, energy efficiency, and accessibility of their homes. Examples of improvements include electrical wiring, furnace or boiler replacement, window, and door replacements, siding and roofing, plumbing and septic system upgrades, mold and radon mitigation, and lead-based paint hazards. You may be eligible if you: own and occupy your home, are current with property tax and mortgage payments, have homeowner’s insurance, and meet program income limits.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program-Weatherization Assistance services are available to income-eligible homeowners. AEOA’s highly qualified Energy Auditors provide client education and perform energy audits to evaluate energy usage. AEOA’s experienced and Skilled Work Crews will then complete improvements to reduce heating costs. Examples of improvements include exterior wall and attic insulation, air sealing, and home heating systems repair. Services are free for low-income households who qualify.

MNsure Marketplace AssistanceAEOA’s certified Navigator provides free assistance to help clients achieve successful enrollment into health coverage through the MNsure Marketplace. AEOA’s Navigator provides assistance to any consumer who contacts them for help and complies with MNsure’s data privacy and security standards requirements.



Phone
  • 218-623-3033

Web
Address
  • Norlen Industrial Park
    2124 10th Street
    Two Harbors, MN 55616

Email
  • Amy.Renne@aeoa.org