Office of Economic Opportunity

Helping Minnesota Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency

Economic Opportunity Programs

Delivered by community-based agencies, economic opportunity programs seek to remove the barriers imposed by poverty on the health and development of children and families. Economic opportunity programs share the common philosophy that families and individuals who have the resources to promote their own growth and development are motivated to support themselves and contribute to the community. These programs function together to support families and individuals as they fulfill their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter, and attain the skills, knowledge, and motivations that will result in their becoming more self-sufficient.

Economic Opportunity is the basis for self-realization and independence.

Community Action Programs

A network of participant-influenced, community-based agencies and Indian Reservation Governments with the common purpose to fight the effects of poverty in Minnesota communities and help low-income households take steps toward greater independence.

Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM)

FAIM 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.

Homeless/Shelter Programs

Assistance programs that provide support to shelters, transitional housing programs, and other nonprofit organizations in order to heighten the ability of participants to secure and/or maintain stable, independent housing and increases economic self-sufficiency.

Emergency Food Programs

A combination of innovative food assistance and advocacy programs to meet the basic nutritional needs of low-income Minnesota residents.

Early Childhood Facilities

Grants for early childhood facilities assist with the construction, purchase or renovation of child care facilities.
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