Watonwan County Human Services Center

Watonwan County Human Services Center

(507) 375-3294

715 2nd Ave So
St. James, MN - 56081

Minnesota Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TANF

The Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, is the state's welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work.

You can apply at this Minnesota DHS office


Apply online at MNbenefits.mn.gov


MFIP is for families with children and pregnant women. To qualify, your family must:
Meet an initial income test
Meet an initial asset limit of $10,000
Provide needed verifications.

Asset and vehicle limits
You may own up to $10,000 in assets and qualify for MFIP. Your worker can tell you what property is counted toward the limit.
We do not count one vehicle per member of the assistance unit who is 16 years old or older. We do count additional vehicles as part of the $10,000 asset limit. Your worker can give you more information.

Lifetime limit
Most parents with minor children only get cash help for a total of 60 months.

Families get a monthly benefit that includes cash and food assistance. Parents also get help to find and keep a job.

Employment services
Most people work with a job counselor to create an employment plan. If you are younger than 20 and have not completed high school or any equivalency program, you may need to finish your education. Your job counselor or social worker will help you make a plan to get your high school diploma or go to work.
You may get child care help while you are looking for work, going to school or working.


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