Housing & Utilities

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider.

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RentHelpMN is available to Minnesotans who have experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic. This program was created to help those who have fallen behind on their rent. Eligible MN renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months total assistance.

Minnesota's Telephone Assistance Program (TAP)

The state Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) and federal Lifeline programs are monthly telephone service discounts on one landline or wireless telephone per household. Several landline (or home phone) providers and wireless (or cellphone) providers offer telephone service discounts to income qualifying households.


Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. (BI-CAP) envisions a thriving, healthy, and inclusive Beltrami & Cass County. To reach that vision, we are committed to our mission of helping low-income people achieve self-sufficiency in the two counties. Current programs include: early childhood education, housing, weatherization, energy assistance, & youth education/employment services.

MN Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program helps pay for home heating and water costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. 

Bi-CAP is the Energy Assistance provider for qualified Cass County residents. EA applications must be received by May 31st, 2022.

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