Family Support

Family Support Resources

Families in Housing Transition:

If you are working with a family who is homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, and live in the Forest Lake School District, please encourage them to contact St. Andrew's as soon as possible. St. Andrews is the first point of contact for housing resources for Washington County families (they will also serve anyone in the Forest Lake Area School District):

St. Andrews Community Resource Center (CRC)

900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115

Help Line: 651-762-9124

Website: St. Andrew's Community Resource Center

In order to receive assistance, families must call and schedule an intake appointment with CRC staff. In addition to housing assistance, the CRC also offers support around employment, basic needs, etc.

County-Specific Youth and Family Housing Resources:

Anoka County

Youth 16-24 years old

    • YMCA Youth Intervention Services, 763-493-3052

Families with children

    • Anoka County Housing Resource Line, 763-324-1215

Washington County

Youth 16-24 years old

Families with children

    • St. Andrews Community Resource Center, 651-762-9124

Chisago County

Youth 16-24 years old and Families with Children

    • Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, 800-832-6082

Housing Search Resources:

HousingLink: Affordable housing search tool.

Home Line: Free and low cost tenant advocacy services.

    • For English, call 612-728-5767

    • For Spanish, call 612-255-8870

    • For Somali, call 612-255-8860

McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act Resources:

Please notify district Homeless Liaison about any families or youth you believe may qualify as homeless under McKinney Vento to ensure they are flagged in Synergy as homeless (for reporting to MDE) and that they receive information about resources available to them under MV, including:

  • Free/Reduced Price Lunch

  • Transportation to school of origin

  • Financial assistance for school-related expenses

  • Access to extra-curricular activities

  • Academic supports

  • Referrals to county/community resources

McKinney Vento Brochure

Safe Schools/Bullying Prevention:

Rangers Supporting Rangers:

Domestic Violence Resources:

    • DayOne (statewide),, Crisis Hotline: 866-223-1111,

    • The Refuge Network (Chisago County), 800-338-7233, 24 hour toll-free crisis hotline.

In-District Financial Assistance for Families:

Gift Card Request Forms:

Anoka County Children & Family Council - Funds can be used to help families who are struggling financially with meeting their basic needs - food, clothing, housing, etc.

2021-22 Gift Card Request Form

Title I Homeless Set Aside - Funds can be used for basic needs to help families who are homeless or in danger of being homeless.

2021-22 Gift Card Request Form

Mental Health Resources:

District Equity Resources:

Cultural Liaisons

Language Access Resources:

Bridge to Benefits:

Bridge to Benefits is a project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. They will NOT ask for information that identifies the individual.


Transportation Resources for Washington County Residents

Other Community Resouces:

Family Resource Guide - Washington County

Food Resources Brochure - Washington County

Health Clinics Brochure - Washington County

Low Cost Dental Clinics - Washington County

Sexual Health Community Resources - Washington County

Community Helping Hand Brochure and Website

Ruby's Pantry Brochure and Website

Family Pathways Website

2019 Fare For All Forest Lake Dates and Website

Scandia Food Shelf Flyer

Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf Brochure and Website: Serve families in 55038 Zip Code

Community Free Food Calendar - In and Around Anoka County: Shared monthly by Bradley Wold,

This page is a work in progress and a shared resource. If you have additional resources you think should be added to this page or corrections that should be made - please email them to Rachel Peterson,