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Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is the name given to assistance programs available to people who are income and asset eligible according to state and federal guidelines.  These programs include burial assistance, cash assistance, child care assistance, emergency assistance, health care and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food support)).

How can you apply? You may call Lake County Health and Human Services at (218) 834-8400, write us at Lake County Health and Human Services, 616 Third Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616 or apply online through MNbenefits and/or MNSure.

Burial Assistance

In accordance with Minnesota Statute § 261.035, Lake County Health and Human Services (LCHHS) will provide for the immediate disposition or direct cremation of a deceased resident of Lake County who is otherwise unable to pay the cost of disposition of their remains.

Application for burial assistance must be made within three business days of the date of death.  Application must be made to: Financial Assistance Unit, Lake County Health and Human Services, 616 Third Ave.,Two Harbors, MN 55616; Fax: 218-834-8412; Email: Financial.Assistance@co.lake.mn.us

Cash Assistance

  • MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program) and DWP (Diversionary Work Program) are federally funded programs known as TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)
  • MSA (Minnesota Supplemental Aid)
  • GA (General Assistance) 
  • GRH (Group Residential Housing)

Child Care Assistance

  • Child care assistance may be available to families who are employed, seeking employment or are in school or training.
  • Eligibility and fees are based on family size and income. 
  • List of Child Care Providers

Emergency Assistance

  • MFIP Crisis Funds
  • EGA (Emergency General Assistance)

Health Care

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. Approved participants get a debit card to use to buy food at many stores and farmers markets. In the past, SNAP was known as Food Stamps.

Extra COVID Emergency SNAP to end

Last payment issued in March for most

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota received a waiver from the federal government to temporarily provide extra Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits known as Emergency SNAP, or E-SNAP.

The temporary increase boosted households’ monthly benefit to the maximum allotment for their household size – or, if they were already getting the maximum amount, households received an additional $95 each month. Federal officials have declared the COVID Emergency SNAP allotments will end after February. Because Emergency SNAP is issued the month after SNAP is approved, most households will get their last Emergency SNAP payment in March and benefits will return to the standard amount in April.




Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442
3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.