Public Assistance Programs

Financial Assistance

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
MFIP is a monthly cash or food benefits program. It is for families with dependent children and some pregnant women. MFIP is time limited, most parents with minor children will only receive help for a total of sixty months. Because MFIP expects, supports and rewards work; parents must meet work rule requirements or the grants will be reduced.

General Assistance (GA)
GA is monthly cash payment that clients use for clothes, food, housing, and other basic needs. GA is not for people who can work.They are for people who:
  • Are not able to receive help from other state or federal programs
  • Have little or no income
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)
MSA is a monthly cash payment. It helps people whose disability, retirement, or other income is not enough to meet their needs. It can also give short-term help for a crisis. MSA is for people who are:
  • Age 65 or older
  • Disabled
Childcare Assistance
View information on the Childcare Assistance Program (PDF).
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
RCA is for people who have been in the U.S. eight months or less and meet income guidelines.

Food Support

Food assistance is available to low-income families who meet requirements. Food Support can be used like money to buy food. People who can apply for them are single people and families with or without children. If you qualify, there are rules that affect how many you can receive. Visit the SNAP website.


Medical Assistance (MA)
MA is a federal program that may pay medical bills for people who can't pay them. MA is for people who:
  • Are under age 21
  • Are over age 65
  • Blind
  • Disabled (mentally or physically)
  • Pregnant
  • Some parents or caretakers of a child under age 19
  • If you get AFDC you will also get MA

Printable Applications/Apply Online

How to apply for Cash Assistance, SNAP, Emergency Assistance
DHS 5223 Combined Application Form (PDF)
ApplyMN Link      

How to apply for Minnesota Health Care Programs (MNSure):
DHS 6696 MNSure Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs (PDF)
MNSure Link