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Program Eligibility

Cash
Cash assistance can be used for the basic needs of shelter, utilities and personal needs. The amount a family is eligible to receive is based on current income and basic needs.

Minnesota Family Investment Program/Diversionary Work Program
This program is for low-income families with children as well as pregnant women. It includes both cash and food assistance. The program’s goal is to help overcome obstacles, so participants can find gainful employment. The program also includes the Diversionary Work Program that helps parents secure and maintain gainful employment. Find out more from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

General Assistance/Minnesota Supplemental Aid
Cash programs for adults without children, including those that have a serious illness, disability or other issues that limit their ability to work.  Find out more from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Emergency
Emergency assistance programs are short-term assistance (usually a one-time payment) for people experiencing a financial hardship such as an eviction or utility shutoff.  Any income not needed for basic needs will be considered available to meet the emergency as well as any cash or other assets you might have. 

Emergency Assistance
Emergency Assistance (EA) is a short-term program for families facing a potential loss of basic needs such as utilities or shelter and have no ability to solve the emergent situation with current household resources. Emergency Assistance can only be available to families whose income is below 200 percent of the prior year's federal poverty guidelines. Assistance must resolve the financial need and potential loss of basic needs. Emergency Assistance can only be issued for a family once in a 12-month period.

Emergency General Assistance
Emergency General Assistance (EGA) is a short-term program used primarily for single individuals or couples without children.  Like Emergency Assistance, Emergency General Assistance can only be available to individuals and families whose income is below 200 percent of the prior year's federal poverty guideline.  The Emergency General Assistance program is used primarily for rent and utilities and can be issued only once in a 12-month period.

Emergency Cash Assistance
Emergency Cash Assistance (ECA) is a county-funded program for which applications can be taken and processed by Dakota County Employment & Economic Assistance, Neighbors, 360 Communities, and Hastings Family Services.  The program has a 12-month maximum payment limit of $350 for shelter expenses and $250 for all other needs (utilities, transportation expenses, and occasionally prescription drugs).  Emergency Cash Assistance is used most frequently when the financial needs are under $350 and can resolve the emergent situation.

Last updated: 3/27/2013 10:07 AM