Family Financial Programs

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is the state's welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work and focuses on helping families. It includes both cash and food assistance. When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program (DWP). This is a 4 month program that helps parents go immediately to work rather than receive welfare.

Some families may be referred to MFIP when they first apply for assistance or after they finish 4 months of DWP. MFIP helps families transition to economic stability. Parents are expected to work, and are supported in working. Most families can get cash assistance for only 60 months.

Diversionary Work Program

The DWP is a 4-month program that helps low-income Minnesota families find a job. The goal of DWP is to help parents immediately go to work rather than go on welfare. Parents are expected to sign an employment plan before their family is approved for DWP.

After families have an employment plan, they can receive financial assistance to meet their basic needs and get other supports, such as food support and child and health care assistance.


Family financial programs empower the families of Chisago County to achieve self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.