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Public Input Wanted for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)/ Diversionary Work Program (DWP) Plan

St Louis County Public Health and Human Services, through the Financial Assistance Division, is submitting the MFIP Biennial Service Plan for 2014-2015 to the Minnesota Department of Human services.  This plan describes how funding will be used to provide services to families who receive cash assistance services through the MFIP/DWP programs.  We would like to hear your ideas and opinions on how we might carry-out this task. 

Please respond to the questions on the MFIP-Public Input Survey by November 10, 2013.  The answers will be reviewed to assist us in developing this MFIP/DWP Biennial Plan for 2014-2015.  Thank you for your participation.

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is the state’s welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work and focuses on helping families. It includes both cash and food assistance. When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program (DWP). This is a four month program that helps parents go immediately to work rather than receive welfare.

Some families may be referred to MFIP when they first apply for assistance or after they finish four months of DWP. MFIP helps families transition to economic stability. Parents are expected to work and are supported in working. Most families can get cash assistance for only 60 months. Most families are off assistance within two years.

The state sets the policy for MFIP and counties and tribes administer MFIP services. To apply for the MFIP program you must contact your local county human service agency. In St Louis County contact St Louis County Public Health & Human Services.

Contact: Call for information or visit the nearest office for an application to determine if you are eligible. Duluth: 218-726-2101; Virginia: 218-749-7137; Hibbing: 218-262-6000; Ely: 218-365-8220 or call toll free 800-450-9777 or email financialassistance@stlouiscountymn.gov. St Louis County is an equal opportunity provider.