Swift County

Housing, food, employment, legal, veteran, addiction recovery and mental health resources available in the cities of Appleton, Benson, Clontarf, Danvers, Holloway, Kerkhoven and Murdock Minnesota.


Are You Homeless Or About To Become Homeless?

If You Are Fleeing Domestic Violence, Contact:

Safe Avenues

If You Are Facing Foreclosure, Contact:

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership

All Others, Contact:

Prairie Five Community Action

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


2200 23rd Street NE Suite 2040
Willmar, MN 56201

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offering services over the phone and online only.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offering services over the phone and online. Open to the public 9:00am–4:00pm for in-person services without an appointment.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offering services over the phone and online. Open to the public 9:00am–4:00pm for in-person services without an appointment.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offering services over the phone and online. Open to the public 9:00am–4:00pm for in-person services without an appointment.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offering services over the phone and online only

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


Services and Responsibilities:

Swift County Human Services is the County’s human service agency. Established in 1937, the Department currently has 35 employees. The Department has two main components: financial services and social services. Within those areas, the Department services 1,326 cases for financial services, which means 771 Swift County residents receive SNAP and 2,037 Swift County residents make use of governmental health care programs.  In addition there are 350 adult social services open cases and 208 child social services open cases.

The Eligibility Unit provides applications and determinations for the following public programs:

  • Childcare Assistance Program
  • General Assistance (GA)
  • Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) – previously known as food support and/or food stamps
    • Collect calls are accepted for SNAP
  • Phone Interviews may be allowed for some programs.


Food Assistance



Admission Requirements
Basic Requirements: 
 To be eligible for an apartment, a person must meet certain requirements set by the federal government and the PHA. A preference is given to those 62 years of age, handicapped or disabled.

Income Limit:  Income limits apply. These limits are reviewed annually by HUD and adjusted accordingly.

Assets:  There is no asset limit. You could have assets of $200,000 and yet be eligible for an apartment. A percentage of your assets are included as part of your annual income.

Rent:  Rent is based on 30% of adjusted family income. These adjustments are made for elderly, handicapped and disabled persons and for their medical expenses. The cost for heat, water, sewer, and gas are included in the monthly rent. Westwood Manor residents are given a utility allowance on their rent for the payment of their electricity. Parkview Manor resident’s rent includes the charge for electricity.



The Swift County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is dedicated to serve the residents of Swift County, by advocating for fair housing, encouraging rehabilitation of existing housing, new housing construction for low to moderate incomes, promoting economic development, creating community development programs, and overall providing decent safe and affordable housing.

Services and Responsibilities:

HRA works with residents of the county to maintain, purchase, or help pay rent for affordable housing, and managing housing assets. Specific duties include:

  •  Oversee County Housing Choice Voucher Program – 83 Vouchers
  •  Maintaining 36 county-owned townhouses.
  •  Rehabilitating houses for reuse.
  •  Co-Funding Demolition of commercial, residential, or dilapidated properties.
  •  Currently administering small city development grants for Small Cities of Appleton, Benson, Kerkhoven, and DeGraff.


Legal Aid

Mental Health Assistance

  (320) 843-2061


1213 Pacific Ave, Benson, MN

Monday through Friday 8 am – 5pm

Are you struggling with mental illness but not sure how to access help?
You are not alone! This is one of the most common reasons for not seeking help. Don’t let the fear and stigma of reaching out for help, depression and anxiety, or lack of resources, stop you from getting the needed health services to improve your life and achieve your future goals.


Veteran Assistance


Veterans Service Officer:
Dave Barrett

301 14th Street North
PO Box 207
Benson, MN 56215

We work collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and Nationally chartered Veterans Service Organizations. We promote the interests and welfare of U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, their family members and survivors. We strive to enhance the quality of our clients lives through advocacy, counseling, claims assistance, and special programs.
Each member of the MACVSO is a Veteran too. We pledge to fulfill President Abraham Lincoln’s promise: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.