Snow Emergency

Snow Removal Assistance Program

Thank you for your interest in the City of Duluth’s Snow Removal Assistance Program. We have reached capacity for our 2021-22 season for recipients but we are still in need of volunteers to shovel. If you are in need if assistance please see the resources below for more information on other snow removal assistance programs and efforts.

The City of Duluth is offering a program intended to assist 25 seniors and people with disabilities with sidewalk snow removal during the 2021-2022 winter season. To be eligible, an individual must reside in Duluth, be over the age of 60 and/or have a disability. This program is for people who are not physically able to remove snow and do not have other resources to remove snow, such as neighbors, friends or a hired service.

This program has a limited capacity of 25 participants and will operate on a first come, first served basis. City staff does their best to match those requesting snow removal services with local volunteers in their area. The Snow Removal Assistance Program provides for removal of snow from the door of the eligible residence to the sidewalk (including steps) and from the public sidewalk along the property (including curb ramps and curb cuts). Volunteers are not expected to clear snow from cars, driveways, multiple entryways, roofs, etc.

In order for this program to work, there must be volunteers willing to support those in need.

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Are you willing to volunteer?

Give Help

Not everyone will qualify for the Snow Removal Assistance Program. If you don’t qualify or if the program is full please check out the resources below for additional information on finding help with snow removal.

  • Disability HUB MN - 1-866-333-2466
    • A free statewide resource network that helps solve problems, navigate the system and plan for your future.
    • Can assist with locating community resources.
  • Senior Linkage Line - 1-800-333-2433
    • A free service offered by the State of Minnesota which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services or plan for their future.
    • Can assist with locating community resources.

Are you looking for a snow removal contractor? Follow these tips before you hire a contractor.

  • Ask neighbors and friends for referrals
  • Make sure they have a physical address
  • Ask for references
  • Get everything in writing. Sign a contract for the season
    • Make sure the contract explains services sufficiently
    • Make sure price is clear
  • Ask for a breakdown of all charges
  • Ask the contractor if they have the necessary equipment, what type of equipment do they use
  • Be specific about your needs
  • Verify that they have the required insurance (general liability insurance specifically covering snow removal operations)
  • Ask how quickly they will be able to get to your property
  • Will they come automatically or do you call when service is needed?
  • Talk to 3 or 4 contractors before you pick one