Public Assistance Programs

Kanabec County Public Assistance Programs

SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. Approved participants get a debit card to use to buy food at many store and farmer's markets. In the past, SNAP was known as Food Stamps.  
TO APPLY FOR SNAP/GA/GRH/MSA/MFIP/DWP click here

GA/GRH/MSA
General Assistance(GA) - provides cash assistance for single adults without children who have a serious illness, disability or other issue that limits their ability to work. 
Group Residential Housing(GRH) - program pays for room and board for seniors and adults with disabilities who have low incomes. The program aims to reduce and prevent people from living in institutions or becoming homeless.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid 
(MSA) is an income supplement for people who receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, or who could get SSI if their income was not above the SSI limit. The monthly benefit may also cover special needs payments for people who qualify. Special needs payment may be provided for medically prescribed diets, guardian or conservator fees, some home repairs or replacement of household furniture and appliances, and some high housing costs. 
TO APPLY FOR GA/GRH/MSA click here

MFIP/DWP
The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) helps families with children meet their basic needs, while helping parents move to financial stability through work. Parents are expected to work, and are supported in working with both cash and food assistance. Most families have a lifetime limit of 60 months on MFIP.
MFIP/DWP Biennial Service Agreement 2018-2019

The Diversionary Work Program (DWP) is a four-month program that helps Minnesota parents find jobs. The goal is to help parents quickly find work so that they do not need to go on the Minnesota Family Investment Program. When families first apply for cash assistance, most will be enrolled in this program.
TO APPLY FOR MFIP/DWP click here

CCAP
Paying for child care can be difficult for families. Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program can help income-eligible families who qualify.
TO APPLY FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE click here
Click here for the 2018-2019 CCAP program policy, please review and contact us with any questions or comments. This plan will be effective 01-01-2018.

HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS
Minnesota has health care programs to meet the needs of different people. Some programs help people who have little to no income. Other programs help people who work but do not have access to affordable health insurance. 

To Apply for Health Care: www.mnsure.org
If you meet any of the following, applying on MNsure.org may not be right for you:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Only requesting help with Medicare costs
  • Child foster care
  • Over 21 with no dependents and you have Medicare
  • Receive SSI income
  • Applying for MA-EPD (Employed persons with Disabilities)
  • If you are someone applying for Long Term Care or Waivered Services