Welfare Application Instructions for Minnesota



Application Instructions

In order to receive MFIP benefits in Minnesota, applicants must contact their local county DHS office. To view and print an application online, click here. For more information, use NorthStar or call 1-800-657-3739.


Available Benefits

TANF benefits are figured based on individual state guidelines and dependent on factors such as family size, earned and unearned income, and housing expenses. In Minnesota, MFIP benefits are available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). In 2005, the maximum TANF benefit for a family of three was $532 per month or $6384 per year. TANF welfare benefits in Minnesota are paid by EBT or direct deposit.


Am I Eligible?

In Minnesota, TANF applicants must meet both the state and federal guidelines for the program. The federal government requires that individuals meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. The federal guidelines have been built into each state.s program, as this is required in order for states to receive the block grants that fund TANF. Therefore, it is really only necessary that applicants be aware of and meet the requirements as outlined by the state of Minnesota. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for MFIP benefits in Minnesota must participate in the Minnesota Diversionary Work Program (DWP). An applicant must participate in DWP for four months; after that time, if the family is still in financial crisis, they may be eligible for MFIP. MFIP provides cash benefits and housing and utility grants.


General TANF information for Minnesota

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded program that helps American families by providing benefits, both financial and otherwise, to help keep family units intact. TANF benefits, sometimes referred to as welfare benefits, are intended to supplement a family.s earned and unearned income and can be used to purchase clothing, food, medication, and pay for housing and utility costs, for example. On the federal level, the Office of Family Assistance, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees and funds the TANF program. State governments are responsible for designing and implementing their own welfare programs, including the determining eligibility, providing benefits, and distributing cash allotments. This page outlines the state requirements for TANF benefits. To learn more about the Federal TANF program and its requirements, click here. The state of Minnesota administers Federal TANF benefits through the Minnesota Department of Human Resources. To learn more about the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), click here.