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Financial Assistance

Money and a calculator The uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic creates financial instability for many Minnesotans. Minnesota has financial assistance programs, resources, and information for those seeking to manage payments and provide for themselves and their families during this uncertainty.

The following resources are available if you, your family, or someone you know needs economic assistance. Find more information about income assistance from the Department of Human Resources:

  • Bridge to Benefits. This web-based screening tool can help you identify if you're eligible for public works programs, including SNAP, WIC, School Meal Program, Minnesota Health Care Programs, Energy Assistance, and Child Care Assistance.
  • ApplyMN. This web application can connect you with state and county services to help meet your and your family's basic needs. Use it to apply for cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, child care assistance, and Emergency Assistance. Call 651-431-4000 for questions.
  • Emergency Assistance. Your household may be eligible for assistance to cover emergency needs, such as help paying rent or utility bills. Contact your county or tribal human services agency to learn about availability, eligibility, and how to apply.
  • Community Action Agencies. This site gathers local, state, federal, and private resources that can help individuals and families with low incomes.
  • Grants for Veterans. A variety of grants are available for veterans, and their spouses, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tax Assistance

Here are some resources that can help you with tax-related services and guidance from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Assistance programs for households

  • Energy Assistance Program. Pay for energy bills, home heating and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program. Provides free home energy upgrades to income-eligible homeowners and renters to help save energy and make sure your home is a healthy and safe place to live.
  • Telephone Assistance Programs. Lifeline and the Telephone Assistance Program offer month discounts on landline telephone, wireless, or internet services to income-qualified households.
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