Cash Assistance Programs

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Cash Assistance Programs

Minnesota Family Investment Program & Diversionary Work Program
The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), is the state’s PA program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work and focuses on helping families. It includes both cash and food assistance.

When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program (DWP). This is a 4 month program that helps parents go immediately to work. Some families may be referred to MFIP when they first apply for assistance or after they finish 4 months of DWP.

MFIP helps families transition to economic stability. Parents are expected to work and are supported in working. Most families can get cash assistance for only 60 months.

Refugee Cash Assistance
The refugee resettlement program coordinates services to assist refugees in making the transition to life in the United States. The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program provides cash assistance to refugees who are ineligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or MFIP for up to 8 months after arrival in the United States. Only refugee’s as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are eligible.

General Assistance
The General Assistance (GA) program provides cash assistance for some single, unemployed adults with out children, including people who are elderly, ill, injured or otherwise incapacitated.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is a state funded supplement for people who receive SSI.

Group Residential Housing
Group Residential Housing (GRH) pays room and board for a group living situation which has a fixed rate contract with a county. This includes foster care settings for adults. It does not include shelters or medical care facilities.


Human Services
Phone: Fergus Falls:218-998-8150 New York Mills:218-385-5450 Child Support/Courthouse:218-998-8640
Mailing: Otter Tail County Department of Human Services, 530 West Fir Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN, USA

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