Cash Assistance

2022-2023 County Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Biennial Service Agreement
The purpose of this agreement is to provide the Department of Human Services with information about services and strategies intended to meet program measures with the goal of increasing economic stability of low income families on MFIP.  Read the agreement.

This agreement will be posted 30 days for public comment.

The following programs help low-income people with Cash or Food support.

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.

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.

Housing Support (Formerly 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.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement (PDF)