Quick Fact

Legal Aid poverty law services improved lives for 10,788 families and individuals in 2014. Affordable and safe housing, and preventing homelessness represented more than 1 in 4 cases handled.

Helping clients get the assistance they need

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid lawyers help clients with civil cases and questions to ensure each Minnesotan has access to basic rights like housing, safety, economic stability and education. Lawyers will answer questions, give advice, go to court or work out agreements on behalf of clients. The services we provide depend on each person’s unique need.

We support clients in these areas:

  • Housing: evictions, discrimination, foreclosure, accommodations for disabled Minnesotans and Section 8 housing
  • Economic stability: changes or denial of benefits such as health care, unemployment, social security and food stamps
  • Family law: divorce assistance, child support and custody issues
  • Consumer: debt consolidation, mortgage and loan issues and utilities assistance
  • Senior: housing and housing assistance, Social Security and public benefits, Medicare assistance and help with living wills, and establishing power of attorney.
  • Youth: child protection, abuse and neglect issues, school challenges and assistance with independent living
  • Tax: federal and state tax needs and non-citizen tax issues
  • Immigration: Employment authorization, citizenship, deferred action for childhood arrivals, and assistance to victims of violence

Who We Serve

Anyone living in our service area who has a low income or is at least 60 years of age.

Where We Serve

We offer services for people in 20 counties with offices located in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Willmar.


We do not offer legal help for criminal cases. If you are charged with a crime, you should ask for a public defender.

Partners In Action

Legal Aid Partnerships

Stearns County Domestic Court Project

The Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership, a collaboration of the County Attorney, Legal Aid, Law Enforcement, and Anna Marie’s Shelter, has received both national and local recognition. The partnership recently received an AMC County Achievement Award from the Association of Minnesota Counties, and the partnership has been named by the national Association of Prosecuting Attorneys as one of ten innovations to be recognized at the 2013 Justice Innovations Conference.

Partnerships are vital to expand the reach of our services.

Learn more about partnerships

Stearns County Domestic Court Project