Options for economic support are described below.
When families first apply for cash assistance, they usually start in the Diversionary Work Program. This four-month program helps parents go to work right away while getting help paying for housing and other bills along with employment services to find full-time work.
Get the basics with this guide to the Diversionary Work Program (PDF). The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers additional details on the Diversionary Work Program.
In addition to providing cash benefits, the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) helps people find employment through MFIP employment services. People can also get child care help while looking for work, going to school or working. Learn more about education and training in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (PDF).
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training program helps people prepare for and become employed. Participants receive services from a local employment services provider. This program may not be available in every county.
Learn more about SNAP from Disability Benefits 101.