Duluth Winter Watch

Snow Removal Assistance Pilot Program

We have reached our pilot program capacity for the 2019-2020 winter season.  Regardless, please fill out this application to be included on the list for future notifications of snow removal assistance services through the City of Duluth.  It is important for us to know how many people could benefit from this type of program.  Your application is important in our data collection efforts.

We still need more volunteers to sign up to assist those requesting snow removal assistance. 

The City of Duluth is offering a pilot project intended to assist 20 seniors and people with disabilities with sidewalk snow removal during the 2019-2020 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 will have a limited capacity of 20 participants during its first year and will operate on a first come, first served basis. City staff will do our best to match those requesting snow removal services with local volunteers. 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 cannot clear snow from cars, driveways, multiple entryways, roofs, etc.

This program will only be able to operate if the volunteer capacity exists to support the service.

Don’t qualify for the Snow Removal Assistance Program? Check out these resources for additional information on finding help with snow removal.

  • United Way - 211
    • Provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota.
    • Provides community resources for snow shoveling.
    • Can assist qualified applicants in filling out the online Snow Removal Assistance Program application.
  • 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.

Tips for choosing a snow removal provider.

  • 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
  • Does the contractor 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
  • Do they come automatically or do you call when service is needed.
  • Talk to 3 or 4 contractors before you pick one