Financial Assistance staff determines eligibility for various types of financial and program support to county residents who are low income. You can use the Eligibility Screening Tool as a first step in determining if you will possibly qualify for various programs. Call Intake at (952) 361-1600 for more information on how to apply for assistance. Or visit the Carver County Government Center Human Services Building, 602 E. 4th Street, Chaska.
Staff can help residents apply for the following:
- Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) – MFIP is the state’s welfare reform program. It helps families work their way out of poverty by expecting, supporting, and rewarding work. Direct benefits include food support and cash assistance. MFIP clients also receive Medical Assistance (MA), child care help, and employment services.
- Diversionary Work Program (DWP) - When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program, or DWP. This is a four-month program that helps parents go immediately to work rather than receive welfare.
- Emergency Assistance – Available to pregnant women and families with children under age 18 (or underage 19 if they meet the definition of dependent child under MFIP criteria) who are in an emergency situation and meet other eligibility criteria. Limited state funds are available on an annual basis. Once these funds are exhausted, the County is unable to provide Emergency Assistance until new funding is received. Families can receive Emergency Assistance only once in a lifetime.
- General Assistance (GA) - This program provides payments to persons who do not qualify for federal categorical assistance but meet the State General Assistance requirements, including emergency payments. It serves as Minnesota's primary safety net for single adults and childless couples. The GA Program provides monthly cash grants for vulnerable persons whose income and resources are less than program limits.
- Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) – This program provides payments to aged, blind, or disabled persons to supplement available income up to the state’s public assistance standards.
- Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) - This program coordinates services to assist refugees in making the transition to life in the United States. These services include resettlement and placement, cash and medical assistance, and employment and social services.
Staff can help residents apply for the following state programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): This program helps low-income people purchase food to meet their nutritional needs.
- Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) - Non-citizens not eligible for SNAP may qualify for the MFAP.
Staff can also help individuals and families access community resources to support healthy eating.
Health Care Coverage
Staff can help residents access the following:
- MNSure Applications for Medical Assistance (MA), Minnesota Care, Medicare Savings Program, Minnesota Family Planning, special programs and asset assessment.
Social workers provides information on community resources for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and they help residents access the following:
- Coordinated Entry (CE) – This assessment process is for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of losing their housing. Coordinated Entry is used to match the housing needs of applicants with appropriate and available resources. The CE waiting list for residents of both Carver County and Scott County is maintained by the County’s Housing Coordinator in the Behavioral Health Department.