This site provides listings for campus and community resources that help support basic needs.

Northland is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities to the communities it serves. We recognize that basic needs — food, housing, and transportation — can directly impact our students’ well-being and success. We’ve compiled the resources below to assist our community in meeting these needs. This page is meant to help connect students and their families to basic needs information and resources, and it will be revised when appropriate and evolve as necessary.

211 Basic Needs Resource Hub

Northland Community & Technical College and Minnesota State have partnered with United Way 211 to establish a statewide basic needs resource hub. The basic needs resource hub provides Northland students access to basic needs resources and support available on campus and in the community via phone, text, or chat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

United Way 211 provides free and confidential health and human services information. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to connect you with the necessary resources and information. If you’re looking for information about services available in your community for you or a loved one, they can help.

Text MNHELP to 898-211(TXT211) or call 211 (toll-free at 1-800-543-7709) to speak with one of their highly trained information and referral specialists. Your call is completely confidential, and they have English, Spanish, and Hmong call menus. Interpreters are also available in any language.

Visit the 211 website to learn more or to explore resources and support that may be available.

To search the 211 databases of basic needs resources online, please visit the Minnesota State student basic needs website.

Student Basic Needs Resources

Food insecurity, child care, health and wellness, mental health, and others are examples of resources you’ll find in the directory.

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Head Start

ND Child Care Assistance

Grand Forks County Head Start

Grand Forks YMCA Child Care Center

  • Phone: 701-775-2586

MN Department of Human Services Economic Support

MN WIC Program

ND WIC Program

National WIC Program registry

Inter-County Community Council

Weatherization, Energy Assistance, Food Support, Head Start

Northland Financial Aid Office

SNAP Food Benefits

  • Polk County Human Services: 218-281-3127
  • Pennington County Human Services: 218-681-2880
  • Marshall County Human Services: 218-745-5124
  • Red Lake County Social Services: 218-253-4131
  • Grand Forks Human Service Region: 701-787-8535 or

Local Food Pantries

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

Inter-County Community Council

Polk County Public Health

East Grand Forks campus students

Intercounty Nursing

Thief River Falls campus students

  • Website:
  • Phone: 218-681-0876

Spectra Health

East Grand Forks campus students

ND Health and Medicaid Enrollment

Healthcare Marketplace

Northland Foundation Housing

Thief River Falls campus students

Housing and Urban Development Resource Guide

Red River Valley Community Action Housing Programs

NW MN Multi-County Housing Authority

North Dakota Human Services Rental Support

MN Housing Benefits 101

United Way – Families First

  • For residents of Grand Forks County or Western Polk County.

Salvation Army

Grand Forks Housing Authority – Launch Program

  • Main Phone Line: (701) 746-2545

St. Josef’s Social Care

Inter-County Community Council

  • For residents in Clearwater, Pennington, Red Lake, and East Polk counties

MN Energy Assistance

ND Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Alexandria: 320-762-0663
  • Moorhead: 218-233-8585
  • Bemidji: 218-751-9201
  • Website:

Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Violence Intervention Project (VIP)

Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HOME to 741741

Local 24-Hour Crisis Line

  • Phone: 800-282-5005

Northland Counselors


Northland Telepsychiatry

  • Please speak to a Northland Counselor for a referral.

CDC Self-Care Hub

National Veteran’s Crisis Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Internet Essentials via Comcast

MN Computers for Lifelong Learners Application

Midco Broadband and Lifeline Connection

Low-cost internet access and refurbished laptops

MN Office of Broadband Development

Access for rural populations to broadband internet

Northland IT Support

Minnesota State IT Support

Greater Grand Forks Transit

Tickets available FREE at front desk for East Grand Forks campus students.

Tri-Valley Transportation

For Thief River Falls campus students.

Northland Virtual Career Center

Northland Career Opportunities Webpage

CAREERwise In-Demand Jobs

Minnesota State Career Exploration Hub

State of MN Internship Opportunities

Inter-County Community Council (Employment and Training)

North Dakota Job Services