PCs for People 2018-04-20T09:17:40+00:00

PCs for People

PCs for People creates new opportunities by providing affordable personal computers to people with limited technological experience due to social, physical, or economic circumstances. Any family or individual receiving government benefits or living below 200% of the federal poverty line is eligible for our services.

PCs for People in Grand Rapids is a distribution site for PCs for People’s Headquarters located in St. Paul. PCs for People has locations in multiple cities and each office distributes computers differently and has different hours of operation. PCs for People in Grand Rapids is not a computer repair or drop off recycling site.

To obtain a computer in Itasca County: Visit the Grand Rapids office during regular business hours, 8 am – 4 pm, Monday – Thursday and 8 am – 12 pm Friday. PCs for People in Grand Rapids is located at 811 NE 4th Street. Bring the following items:

  1.  Proof of eligibility (e.g. letter from the county stating type of assistance received).
  2. Photo ID
  3. Cash (checks or credit cards are not accepted)

Demographic information will be collected on site. You will be able to take your computer home with you the day you come in.

To obtain a computer in Koochiching County:
PCs for People distribution services are on-site in Koochiching County on a bi-monthly schedule at locations in International Falls and Northome.

  • KOOTASCA Community Action 2232 E 2nd Ave, International Falls
  • City Hall 12064 Main Street, Northome – in the Community Room

Bring the following items:

  1. Proof of eligibility (e.g. letter from the county stating type of assistance received).
  2. Photo ID
  3. Cash (checks or credit cards are not accepted)

Demographic information will be collected on site. You will be able to take your computer home with you that day. Please call Rob at 218-999-5883 for schedule.

COMPUTERS

Refurbished desk top computers:
$75: Suitable for many home uses including school work, internet, videos and recreation; 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive
$100: Faster computer (i5 or i7 processor), good for games, videos, and more; 4-6 GB RAM, 320-500 GB hard drive

Desk top packages include:

  • 15” flat screen, tower, keyboard, mouse, connecting cords, Windows 10, anti-virus protection
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Larger flat screens are available for additional cost.

LAPTOPS

$100: 160 GB, 4 GB, Windows 10, mid to high end dual core, Microsoft Office, anti-virus protection
$150: 250 GB, 4 GB, Windows 10, i3 processor or higher, Microsoft Office, anti-virus protection

*All equipment is subject to availability. 

Eligibility  

To receive services from PCs for People a recipient must be below 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines or be currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program.
Clients must show a photo ID and proof of eligibility. Here are some examples of programs that are eligible:

  • Adult & Child Mental Health Case Management
  • Employment Services
  • Extended Foster Care
  • Food Support (a dated letter showing current eligibility is required)
  • Financial Assistance, such as GA, TANF, etc. (a dated letter showing current eligibility is required)
  • Head Start
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid or Medical Assistance (bring a document that says “MA” or “Medical Assistance” on it)
  • The National School Lunch Program’s Free or Reduced Lunch Program
  • Section 8, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Group Residential Housing (GRH)
  • Social Security Disability (SSD)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Veteran’s status
  • Note: Medicare alone does not work as proof of eligibility.  

For households that qualify under the net income test (200% poverty level) the following documentation will be acceptable as part of the application process:

  • The prior year’s state, federal, or tribal tax return (W2 forms or pay stubs are not acceptable)
  • A Social Security statement of benefits
  • A Veteran Administration statement of benefits
  • A retirement/pension statement of benefits
  • An Unemployment/Workmen’s Compensation statement of benefits
  • Federal or tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
  • A divorce decree, child support, or other official document

Documents accepted for proof of eligibility require a date. EBT cards, Medicaid cards without a date, pay stubs, or screenshots of online accounts are not accepted. All proof of eligibility must be dated within the last 6 months (unless it is an annual document, like a tax return), and include the recipient’s name printed on the proof.

Warranty 

Equipment purchased through PCs for People in Grand Rapids is warrantied for 60-days from date of original purchase. Faulty equipment will be replaced not repaired.
Issues caused by the user such as physical damage, viruses, malware, installation of password protections and lost passwords are not covered under the warranty.
PCs for People does not provide cash refunds. 

Donating a Computer in Grand Rapids
PCs for People accepts donations of used computers that meet refurbishing guidelines (Core 2 Duo or higher)
Donations can be dropped off in Grand Rapids at 811 NE 4th Street between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Thursday.

PCs for People in Grand Rapids accepts donations of the following equipment:

  • Towers (Core 2 Duo or higher)
  • LCD screens
  • Keyboard
  • Mice
  • Computer speakers
  • Laptop (Core 2 Duo or higher)

PCs for People in Grand Rapids does not accept:

  • CRT monitors
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Non-working equipment
  • Computer parts
  • TVs, DVD players, satellite equipment
  • Apple equipment, cell phones

For more information please contact:

Rob Foster
218-999-5883
robertf@kootasca.org