Services for Refugees
International travel has been suspended to avoid placing more people at risk of the Coronavirus, including refugee families. We’ll keep you apprised of further updates. Refugee Services is currently providing services for refugees remotely by phone. If you need assistance, please call: 612.222.2540 (Metro Area) or 320.298.2200 (Greater Minnesota).
IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Rent and Mortgage Assistance Available
If you need help with your rent or mortgage payment, new funding is available through the CARES Act to help you maintain housing stability during the COVID-19 crisis. If you’ve been impacted by unemployment or illness and are eligible, funding can help cover your rent, mortgage payments, utilities and other housing-related expenses incurred after March 1, 2020 that are past due. Don’t delay! Funds will go quickly. Learn more and fill out a pre-application to determine your eligibility.
During the first 90 days after a refugee arrives in the United States, we are dedicated to helping refugees get established and off to a good start in their new home. We work closely with them to secure housing and find employment, enroll in school and English classes, connect to medical care, orient to their community and build bridges across cultures. In St. Cloud, we also provide additional services to students to help them achieve school success and support refugees who have been victims of trafficking.
We offer Immigration Legal Services at low cost to help refugees, asylees and other immigrants living in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. We help them complete immigration documents – including Green Card and visa applications, citizenship documents and family reunification petitions. Services are available by appointment or via walk-ins on Tuesdays in the Twin Cities and Wednesdays in St. Cloud.
We work with employers in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota to provide job placement and employment retention support to refugees and asylees who have been in the U.S. for less than five years.
Intensive Case Management (ICM)
This service provides assistance for refugees or secondary migrants who need additional help after the 90-day resettlement period. We connect refugees to a range of services, such as mental health counseling, employment services, assistance securing housing, mentoring and extended cultural orientation.
Refugee Cash Assistance
Some refugees who are single or married without children and need additional financial help to gain self-sufficiency may be eligible for Refugee Cash Assistance during the first eight months after their arrival to the United States.
When the U.S. Department of State offers the Family Reunification option, we can help refugees file family reunification forms, such as Affidavits of Relationship (AORs).
LSS Refugee Services
2400 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
22 Wilson Avenue
St. Cloud, MN 56304