Cottonwood County

Housing, food, employment, legal, veteran, addiction recovery and mental health resources available in the cities of Bingham Lake, Jeffers, Mountain Lake, Storden, Westbrook and Windom Minnesota.


Are You Homeless Or About To Become Homeless?

If You Are Fleeing Domestic Violence, Contact:

Southwest Crisis Center
1-800- 376-4311

If You Are Facing Foreclosure, Contact:

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership

All Others, Contact:

United Community Action Partnership
507-847-2632 X 3106

More County Resources:

Addiction Detoxification Assistance


When your life, or the life of a loved one, is spiraling out of control, the phone can become the heaviest object on earth. In your heart you know it’s time to call for help. Since 1970, we’ve helped individuals and families in the midst of turmoil rediscover the miraculous joy of living free from addiction. You can call us anytime – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


New Life Treatment Center delivers quality, professional treatment services, helping clients to break the power of chemical dependency and to lead healthy lives, free from alcohol and drugs. We seek to provide our clients and their families hope to find freedom from the devastating effects of addiction and mental illness.

Employment Assistance


318 9th Street
Worthington, MN 56187

Monday through Friday 4:00 am – 4:30 pm

With over 50 CareerForce locations throughout the state, you’re sure to find one that fits your career development or talent matching needs. CareerForce is committed to helping:

  • Individuals start, advance or change their career
  • Employers attract, develop and retain talent, and
  • Minnesota thrive economically

As a collaborative group of private, public and nonprofit partners, we offer an impressive range of innovative services, including one-on-one guidance, training, networking, labor market information and much more. We are a rich resource for anyone, from any walk of life, at any career or recruitment stage.

Financial Assistance


DVHHS is dedicated to promote, protect and preserve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities throughout Cottonwood and Jackson Counties in Southwest Minnesota.

Food Assistance



819 10th Street
Worthington, MN 56187

Worthington HRA owns and manages a total of 136 Units of Public Housing in the City of Worthington. These units include one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments, houses, and duplexes. The sites include the Atrium Hi-Rise, Lucy Square Townhomes, and various scattered houses and duplexes located throughout Worthington. The Worthington HRA also owns and manages 64 units of Market Rate Housing in Worthington to include: “Prairie Acres” and “Rising Sun Estates”


Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mountain Lake Minnesota is a housing authority that participates in the Public Housing program.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mountain Lake Minnesota offers Public Housing rental assistance in Mountain Lake.

HCV Portability Status
Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Mountain Lake Minnesota does not participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, so voucher holders cannot port to this housing authority. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


The Windom Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is a locally established organization with a mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities. Windom HRA has two multi-family residential buildings totaling 88 units.

What HRA Provides to the Community

The HRA provides rental housing opportunities for seniors, persons with disabilities and general occupancy. Occupancy at the Windom HRA properties is contingent upon income-eligibility as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Other activities undertaken by the Windom HRA have included the rehabilitation of rental housing and redevelopment opportunities in Windom.

The Windom HRA Office is located at Riverview Apartments.

Legal Aid

Mental Health Assistance


Crisis Line:

1210 5th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

Our goal is to provide a broad scope of quality mental health services to people of all ages and economic backgrounds who reside in Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock counties. We do not deny services based on ability to pay, race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. SWMH is licensed by the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services and has fully qualified credentialed staff who offer a variety of mental health services. Our multidisciplinary staff includes social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health therapists, mental health practitioners, and peer support specialists. Consulting psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners see clients by appointment.

Veteran Assistance


Veterans Service Officer:
Mitchell Chmielewski

41385 U.S. Hwy. 71
P.O. Box 201
Windom, MN 56101

We provide competent and conscientious service to veterans and their dependents with the compassion and dignity they have earned in the service to their country.

Responsibilities of the Veterans Service Office:

  • Assisting Veterans with their V.A. Benefits
  • Assisting Veterans with their State Benefits
  • Assisting Veterans with their V.A. Health Care System
  • Assisting Veterans with their V.A. education, home loan, death benefits, compensation and pension benefits