Getting Help to Meet Basic Needs

For Food:

If you or a loved one need(s) food right nowcontact emergency food resources available on this resource finder tool, or call the Minnesota Food Helpline at 1.888.711.1151.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called food stamps, is a county-run federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals.  Learn more about SNAP eligibility and how to apply.

For A Place to Live:

If you need housing now, check our list of housing crisis resources.  You can also check the statewide list of Shelters and Emergency Housing.

To learn about other housing resources and how to apply, see pages 18-19 of NAMI’s Hope for Recovery booklet.


For Other Financial Assistance:

General Assistance Program (GA) serves as Minnesota’s primary safety net for single adults and childless married couples who are unable to work. The GA program provides monthly cash grants for people whose income and resources are less than program limits. GA participants are also eligible for help with medical costs through the Medical Assistance (MA) programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Learn more about GA eligibility and how to apply.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program designed to help people who are disabled and unable to work, but who have worked in the past, or whose parents have worked and paid in to the social security trust fund.  Learn more about SSDI eligibility and the application process.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes) designed to help people who are disabled, poor, and unable to work.  Learn more about SSI eligibility and the application process.


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