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Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
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.
When families first apply for cash assistance, they usually start in the Diversionary Work Program (DWP). It is a four-month program that helps parents go to work right away rather than enroll in MFIP.
MFIP is for families with children and pregnant women. To qualify, your family must:
Asset and vehicle limits
Families get a monthly benefit that includes cash and food assistance, as well as employment services. Parents will get help to find and keep a job.
Cash and food benefits are issued automatically through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Benefits change depending on your income. You are better off working when you are on MFIP. When you get a job, the first 43 percent of your earned income will not count in deciding the amount of your benefits.
A single parent of two children who does not work will get a cash benefit of $532 and food benefits of $446, for a total of $978. If the parent finds a full-time job that pays $7.25 per hour, he or she will earn $1,247 a month. With earnings of $1,247 and a food benefit of $365, the combined earnings and food benefit is $1,612 per month. The family income is $634 more each month than if the parent did not work.
If you do not follow all the program rules, your familys monthly benefit will be reduced.
Families are limited to 60 months of benefits, in all states combined if you have lived somewhere else and received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits.
You can apply:
Online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov
On paper using the Combined Application Form (PDF)
You can also contact your local county human services agency (PDF) to get an application or for help completing it.
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