Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

Updated June 24, 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.

MFIP provides cash and food assistance, employment and training services, and related support services and transitional services to eligible low-income Minnesota families.

In addition, MFIP-eligible families who are not currently receiving public housing or assisted rental subsidies will receive a $110 MFIP Housing Assistance Grant each month to help pay for housing.

Eligibility for MFIP is based on family’s income and assets. Receipt of MFIP is, however, limited to 24 months only, with some exceptions for the elderly, disabled persons, and children under age 18.

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FAQ

  • How do I apply for MFIP?

    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.

  • How much do you get on MFIP?

    How much money you get on MFIP largely depends upon your family’s income and size. For example, a single mother of two with no other income may receive up to $532 in monthly cash benefit.

  • What is DWP in MN?

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

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

MFIP is designed to be a welfare program that expects, supports, and rewards work. MFIP participants must spend a specified number of hours every week engaged in work or other work activity within one month of receiving their first MFIP benefit.


Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is another state program that provides supplemental cash assistance to people who are aged, blind, or disabled and SSI recipients.

MSA recipients receive a monthly cash grant to supplement their income as well as medical assistance and other social services.

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