Basic Needs

Public programs and resources that help with food, housing, and transportation

Financial Assistance
Apply for county programs, including Diversionary Work Program (DWP), Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Emergency General Assistance (EGA), Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA).
Bridge to Benefits
Bridge to Benefits is a project by Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. Visit their website to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. No identifying information is collected.
Community Action Agencies
Community Action Agencies provide local, state, federal and private resources to help individuals and families who have low incomes such as energy assistance, food, housing, job training, and transportation.
Energy Assistance and Weatherization
Energy Assistance Programs
Help for homeowners and renters with home heating expenses
Weatherization Assistance Programs
Help for income-qualified homeowners and renters to reduce energy costs
WIC (Prenatal to age 5)
Healthy eating and breastfeeding support program for women, infants and children. Benefits include nutrition information, vouchers for healthy food, and referrals to other services in the community.
County Programs for Food Support
Apply for county programs, including Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), SNAP Food Support, and WIC.
Food Shelves
Free food support
Affordable Housing Options
Subsidized housing, HRA Housing Choice Vouchers, Privately Owned Affordable Housing
Family Homeless and Prevention Assistance Program
Short-term help for low-income families, youth and single adults who are homeless or about to become homeless
Help to Find Housing
Assistance with locating a place to live
Transitional Housing Programs
Housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need of safe housing.
Emergency, domestic violence and youth shelters
Job Training and Career Development
Job Training
Employment preparation and training programs
Career Development and Counseling
Help learning about and finding a new career
Transportation Services
Organizations that provide or arrange transportation
Local Bus Service
Find local bus options
Medical Transportation
Medicaid eligible population should call their health plan or the Children and Teen Checkup coordinators for help with children's clinic appointments.