Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

Updated June 14, 2019

Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, is the state’s welfare program for helping low-income families with children reduce dependence on public assistance and move out of poverty through work.

Eligibility for MFIP is based on family’s income and assets. A single mother of two with no other income may receive up to $532 in monthly cash benefit.

Receipt of MFIP is, however, limited to 24 months only, with some exceptions for the elderly, disabled persons, and children under age 18.


Application for MFIP can be made online at ApplyMN or in person at the local DHS office in the county where you reside.

After your application is received, an interview will be arranged to determine your eligibility, either by phone or in person.

Most parents are required participate in a Diversionary Work Program (DWP) before they start to get MFIP benefits. DWP is a four-month program that helps parents work right away rather than go on welfare.

DWP recipients are also eligible to receive child care assistance, food stamps, housing, and medical assistance.

MFIP Housing Assistance Grant

Beginning July 1, 2015, MFIP-eligible families who are not currently receiving public housing or assisted rental subsidies will also receive $110 each month to help pay for housing.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for or have questions, go to MinnesotaHelp.info to find social services near you, from benefits applications to job counseling.