Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
When families first apply for cash assistance, they typically start in the Diversionary Work Program. This four-month program helps Minnesota parents find jobs. Parents receive help paying rent, utilities, or other housing costs, and may also receive an allowance for personal needs. You can apply online or contact your local social services agency.
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
The Minnesota Family Investment Program helps families with children meet their basic needs, including food, child care, and health care as they move toward financial stability through work. Participants have a lifetime benefit limit of 60 months as long as they continue to meet program requirements.
For more information, contact your local county or tribal human services agency. You can apply online.
Minnesota Department of Commerce
The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers an Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The EAP helps pay home heating and cooling costs and furnace repairs, while the WAP offers free home energy upgrades to help save energy and make sure your home is a healthy and safe place to live. Applications are accepted through local service providers.
Transit Assistance Program
Metropolitan Transit offers a Transit Assistance Program that provides discounted fares to people enrolled in other assistance programs, such as housing assistance, WIC, energy assistance, free/reduced school lunch, or subsidized healthcare. Applicants can enroll online.
Children’s Defense Fund Bridge to Benefits Tool
Bridge to Benefits is a resource to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to eligibility information for tax credits and public work support programs.
United Way 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 offers free and confidential health and human services information for Minnesota residents. The online search tool and hotline are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need.
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