Same benefits, new interface
Beginning November 2021, the old ApplyMN application is transitioning to the new, easier-to-use online benefits application interface called MNbenefits.
The new interface allows users to simultaneously apply for benefits from the following nine programs in less than 12 minutes:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Emergency Assistance
- Housing Support
- Child Care Assistance Program
- Diversionary Work Program
- General Assistance
- Minnesota Family Investment Program
- Minnesota Supplemental Aid
- Refugee Cash Assistance
The mobile-friendly application works across all browsers, computers, laptops and phones and is available in Spanish, with more languages to come. It’s easy to upload documents, and no account login is necessary, eliminating a common barrier to access. The new interface also creates efficiencies for DHS, county and tribal nation staff, boosting capacity to provide more timely service and a better client experience.
MNbenefits development partner, Code for America, previously partnered with DHS to launch the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, a temporary food benefit for Minnesota families with children. After a year of phased pilot testing with 16 counties and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, with over 60,000 people served, the remaining counties, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and White Earth Nation are transitioning to MNbenefits by early 2022.