Financial Assistance Services provides support to low-income residents of Goodhue County. We determine eligibility for public assistance programs such as Medicaid, Food Support, General Assistance, Child Care and the Minnesota Family Investment Program.
Note: If you currently have Medicare or will qualify in the near future, you should learn about Medicare D, the new prescription drug coverage program. Go to Minnesota Department of Human Services for more information on Medicare-related programs.
Cash and Food Programs
The following programs help low-income people with Cash or Food support.
ApplyMN (Apply for Programs Online)
Minnesotans now have the option to apply online for health care, cash assistance, SNAP (food support), emergency help, and child care assistance programs using ApplyMN, Minnesota's secure, online system.
To get started, visit
ApplyMN to use an online pre-screening tool to find out if you might qualify for benefits and to register for a user ID and password. If you already have a user ID and password, you can simply log on with your user information
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) - This program helps to pay childcare costs for low-income working families (see more).
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) - This program is Minnesota's Cash and Food Assistance program for families who need assistance.
Diversionary Work Program (DWP) - When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program, or DWP. This is a 4 month program that helps parents go immediately to work.
Food Support Program (FS) - This program helps low-income people with their food costs.
General Assistance (GA) - This program serves as Minnesota's primary safety net for single adults and childless couples. The GA Program provides monthly cash grants for persons who cannot provide for themselves and whose income and resources are less than program limits.
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) - This program is a state funded program that provides a monthly cash supplement to people who are aged, blind or disabled and who receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Group Residential Housing (GRH) - This program is a state-funded income supplement program that pays for room-and-board costs for low-income adults who have been placed in a licensed or registered setting with which a county human service agency has negotiated a monthly rate.
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) - This program coordinates services to assist refugees in making the transition to life in the United States. These services include resettlement and placement, cash and medical assistance, and employment and social services.
Health Care Programs
The following programs help low-income people with coverage for medical bills.
Medical Assistance (MA) - This program assists children under the age of 21, parents or relative caretakers of dependent children, pregnant women, people who are 65 or older and people who have a disability.
Other Health Care Programs - There are a variety of health care programs available to assist specific groups of people. These include persons in Nursing Homes, at-home care services, etc. the Department of Human Services web site is a good source of information on these programs.
Child Care Assistance Program
People may be eligible for child care assistance if they are in need of child care services in order to secure employment, retain employment, and they meet the program income guidelines (see more).