Provides a small monthly cash grant to people without children who do not make enough to support themselves and whose incomes and resources are very low. More information is in the General Assistance DHS-6751(PDF).
Helps parents meet their basic needs, while they move toward financial stability and self-sufficiency through work. Parents are expected to work, and are supported with both cash and food assistance for their families, with a program lifetime limit of 60 months. More information is in the Facts about the Minnesota Family Investment Program DHS-5830 (PDF).
In partnership with Hunger Solutions Minnesota, the program provides funds to nearly 300 Minnesota food shelves to purchase nutritious food and fund operating and administrative costs. These food shelves provide individuals and families with resources as they work toward economic stability and self-sufficiency. More information is in the Minnesota Food Shelf Program DHS-5498 (PDF), or by calling 651-431-3821.
Provides guidance on better serving Minnesotans in need of health food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The coalition is a public-private partnership working to raise awareness and increase participation in nutrition assistance programs. The coalition is comprised of numerous experts from a range of Minnesota organizations. More information can be found on the Nutritious Food Coalition webpage.
DHS contracts with various organizations to help people apply for and/or maintain Social Security disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits are Federal benefits that provide income to people who cannot work because of a disability.
Social Security Benefits Advocacy can help people apply for benefits. Advocates can help those who receive:
Diversionary Work Program
Housing Support (formerly Group Residential Housing)
Minnesota Family Investment Program
Refugee Cash Assistance
Title IV-E Foster Case
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) helps people who have challenges navigating the disability application process. Advocates can help individuals who:
At risk of becoming homeless
Have a mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorder or other disability.
DHS contracts with 39 organizations throughout the state including counties, nonprofits, for-profits, tribal nations and law offices.
Distributes U.S. Department of Agriculture goods to Minnesotans with low incomes who use on-site meal programs, food shelves and shelters. Seven food banks serving Minnesota distribute millions of pounds of food products annually. Funds are used to cover costs associated with the distribution of these commodities, including warehousing, transporting, tracking, allocating and providing technical assistance. More information is in The Emergency Food Assistance Program DHS-5499 (PDF), or by calling the Office of Economic Opportunity at 651-431-3821.
The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) seeks to remove the barriers imposed by poverty on the development of individuals and families. Delivered by community-based agencies, these programs support people as they fulfill their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter, and attain the skills, knowledge and motivation to gain self-sufficiency. OEO administers nearly 300 grants annually, totaling approximately $35 million, to more than 150 grantee organizations for programs designed to assist people in poverty. The key program areas are community action, food and nutrition, homeless and housing, early childhood facilities programs and Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota. Office of Economic Opportunity programs have a special emphasis on working together with community partners as a collective antipoverty effort. Find program details here.
This Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota program, commonly known as FAIM, helps working Minnesotans with low incomes increase their savings, build financial assets and enter the financial mainstream. It combines matched savings accounts with personal finance education, asset-specific training and ongoing coaching. This approach helps working families acquire their assets, improve their financial capabilities and increase their economic security. State funds leverage federal funds dollar-for-dollar, and support the financial match for savings accounts, and financial coaching. The program is managed by the department's Office of Economic Opportunity, which works through a statewide network of 23 organizations, including Community Action Agencies and community-based nonprofits. For more information, see Asset development: Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota program fact sheet DHS-6725 (PDF), or MinnesotaFAIM.com.