The following resources can help you find low-cost services in Dakota County and the metro area. For more options, see the Community Resource Guide (Spanish). For more resource options, use the keyword "Resource Directory" in the search box.
United Way 2-1-1 (formerly First Call for Help)—651-291-0211 (24 hours/7 days per week)
Free, confidential information and referral service that links people to social service, health, educational, and recreational resources. Information is available in Somali, Russian, Hmong, and Spanish.
MinnesotaHelp.info —1-800-333-2433 (Senior LinkAge Line) or 1-866-333-2466 (Disability Linkage Line)
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Board on Aging and other partners offer a searchable database of local community resources for consumers, caregivers and service providers.
Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota — 651-227-6121
Searchable directories that list health care and dental options for uninsured or poorly insured families with children. Includes information on Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, and other low cost or free health services available in each county in Minnesota.
Portico HealthNet — 651-603-5100
Portico HealthNet can help you find out if you are eligible for one of Minnesota's health care programs, such as MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance, assist you with application forms, and help you through the enrollment process. If you are not eligible for one of Minnesota's programs, staff can help you apply for the Portico Healthnet Program that offers access to a number of health care services through a network of providers.
Minnesota Health Information Clearinghouse – 651-201-5178
The Minnesota Department of Health has compiled an online directory of programs or agencies that provide health care services or information about services or insurance in specific situations.
Low-cost immunizations for children
If your child does not have health insurance, ask if your clinic has MnVFC vaccine. The vaccine is free, but the clinic may charge a vaccine administration fee. The Dakota County Public Health Department offers low-cost immunizations for eligible children.
NOTE: The organizations listed have varying eligibility requirements and appointment availability. Please call for current information. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement and is provided for information only.