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Office of Economic Opportunity

The office administers antipoverty programs through a network of Community Action Agencies and non-profit organizations. The core areas include community action, food and nutrition, homeless and housing, early childhood facilities programs and the  Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) program. 

Guiding principles

Community action

Community action programs deliver locally designed and coordinated services to address community needs, and increase the economic security of Minnesotans. Eleven tribal governments and 24 Community Action Agencies, receive funding from the federal Community Services Block Grant and the Minnesota Community Action Grant, serving all 87 Minnesota counties. Learn how the grants help Minnesotans in need by viewing "Fighting poverty: Putting the Community Services Block Grant and Minnesota Community Action Grant to Use" (PDF).

Food and nutrition

The Office of Economic Opportunity works with state and federal food programs across Minnesota to ease hunger and promote healthier living. These programs receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the state of Minnesota.

Homelessness and housing

As a member of the Minnesota Inter-agency Council on Homelessness, the Office of Economic Opportunity facilitates statewide planning efforts and program coordination to assure an effective homeless response system for Minnesotans. The following state and federal programs are implemented by the office.

Early childhood facilities grants

The Office of Economic Opportunity manages early childhood facilities grants, assisting with the construction, purchase or renovation of needed facilities. Quality facilities promote better outcomes for children through excellent preschool and early childhood facilities to improve outcomes for Head Start and other at-risk children in Minnesota. Funds are awarded by the state through a competitive request for proposal process.

Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM)

This program combines individual development accounts (IDAs) -- matched saving accounts that provide financial incentives to save -- with financial literacy education, asset-specific training and ongoing coaching that supports and facilitates working poor families to acquire assets and increase their financial capability and economic security.

Contact us

Phone:     651-431-3808, toll-free at 877-396-6383

Mail:          Minnesota Department of Human Services
                   Office of Economic Opportunity
                   PO Box 64951
                   St. Paul, MN 55164-0951

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