If you are under 18 years-old, you may be able to get help from government benefit programs depending on your situation. Each program has income limits and assets limits. This means you can’t make too much money and you can’t own too many things.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - food stamps)
MA (Medical Assistance)
WIC (Women, Infants and Children). You can also get WIC if you are pregnant.
You may be able to get these things whether you have a child or not. If the person you live with has a Delegation of Parental Authority (DOPA), but is not related to you, you can’t get monthly cash from MFIP.
If you qualify for either of these programs you get a monthly cash benefit. You may also be able to get SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – food stamps) and MA (Medical Assistance).
If you get SSI and have a child, you can get a monthly cash benefit for your child from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). If your child gets SSI, you can get a monthly cash benefit for you from MFIP.
You need to apply for all of the programs in this fact sheet.
Apply to the Social Security Administration for SSI and RSDI. Call 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call our toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. You can apply online at www.ssa.gov.
Apply for all the others with your county department of economic assistance. Call your county information phone number or go online to www.dhs.state.mn.us. That is the Department of Human Services website, there is a list of county contact numbers on their website.
2-1-1 is a good resource to find help and information. Call 2-1-1 statewide, text your zip code to them at 898-211, or chat online at www.211unitedway.org.