Chisago County administers many state and federal programs that provide aid for those in need. There are many different types of assistance programs that help with food, childcare and much more.
Financial Assistance Programs
Financial Assistance programs assist families and individuals with low-income transition to economic stability. A number of financial programs are available for adults and families if eligibility requirements are met.
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Minnesota Family Investment Program is the primary program to assist low-income families with children move out of poverty through work. Families participating in MFIP qualify for healthcare, childcare, employment services, and food support. The MFIP program helps participants entering the job market to achieve success in the work force. Assistance for most families is limited to 60 months.
Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
Diversionary Work Program is a four-month program designed to help low-income persons find employment. The goal of DWP is to guide individuals directly into the workforce, rather than financial assistance. After an employment plan is established, participants are eligible for assistance with their most basic needs. DWP focuses intensely on services to assess family strengths and break down barriers to employment.
General Assistance is a state-funded program that provides financial assistance to assist with food, housing, and other basic needs for adults without minor children who are not eligible for other state or federal programs.
Minnesota Supplemental Aid
Minnesota Supplemental Aid is a state-funded program that provides cash assistance to Social Security Income (SSI) recipients, the blind, people age 65 and older, and disabled people who are age 18 and older whose income does not meet their monthly needs.
Housing Support, formerly known as Group Residential Housing, is a state-funded program that provides, at a minimum, room and board for those living in licensed group living arrangements and who receive Social Security Income, or would be eligible for SSI except for excess income, are blind, age 65 or older, disabled and age 18 or older, or meet a category of eligibility under the General Assistance Program.
Refugee Cash Assistance
Refugee Cash Assistance provides cash assistance to refugees who have been in the United States for eight months or less and meet eligibility requirements.
How to Apply for Cash, Emergency, Food programs
A Combined Application Form must be completed, or you can apply for benefits online on the State of MN Website.
Along with the completed application you may need an interview. Your application will be screened when you turn it in, and you will be scheduled for the next available interview. Unless you meet certain criteria, your interview will most likely not be the same day.
Please bring the following to your interview:
- Proof of Identity (driver's license, passport, etc.)
- Proof of Residency (driver's license, bill, etc.)
- Proof of Income (pay stubs, bank statements, etc.)
- Other documentation which provides information regarding your income and financial status, including assets.