Cash Assistance Programs

These programs help eligible families on the road to self-sufficiency by supporting work efforts for those able to work.

General Assistance

Provides financial help to those persons not eligible for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA). This is generally for persons between the age of 18 and 65 who are unable to work. Emergency General Assistance is also available under this program.

Minnesota Family Investment Program

Provides financial assistance to families with dependent children. This may include both parents. MFIP began in January of 1998. This program is time limited with a 60-month lifetime limits. Emergency assistance may also be provided under this program.

Diversionary Work Program

A short-term, work focused program for families applying for cash benefits and who are not eligible for MFIP.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid

Provides financial assistance for persons over 65, blind or disabled. This program also provides for emergency needs and special needs.

Group Residential Housing

State-funded program providing at a minimum room and board for eligible people living in a licensed or registered group living arrangement.