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Families to benefit as cash assistance grant increase takes effect

1/30/2020 11:43:43 AM

Beginning in February 2020, most Minnesota families who receive cash assistance will see an increase in their benefits. In 2019, the Minnesota Legislature approved up to a $100 increase for families on the Minnesota Family Investment Program – the first increase for all participants in more than 30 years. The maximum cash grant increase also applies to those participating in the Diversionary Work Program, as well as those receiving Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Refugee Cash Assistance benefits.

Minnesota Department of Human Services staff recently created a document to answer some common questions about the increase in benefits (PDF), including how it may affect recipients’ benefit amounts for other programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It also explains that not all program participants will see a full $100 increase in their benefits, as the $100 increase is only for those receiving the maximum benefit amount. Most families who do not receive the maximum benefit will still see an increase in their cash grant, however, because the maximum benefit is the baseline used to determine the benefits for all families.

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