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Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is the name given to assistance programs available to people who qualify according to state and federal guidelines of income and assets.  These programs include cash assistance, child care assistance, food support (SNAP), health care, and emergency assistance.

How do I apply? You may phone 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 view the Minnesota Department of Human Services web page.

Alternatively, you may apply online, get started, visit Minnesota Human Services Online to use an online pre-screening tool to find out if you might qualify for benefits and to register for a user ID and password.

If you already have a user ID and password, you can log-on to ApplyMN directly.

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. 

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.

 Emergency SNAP for COVID-19

Due to the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Minnesota is providing additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to certain households. The households eligible for additional benefits are those that are currently not at the maximum benefit level for their household size. Below are some of the details about the program and the issuance of the supplemental benefits.

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services staff will issue the supplemental benefits one month at a time.
  • If a case already received the maximum allotment for their unit size for the month, they will not be eligible for supplemented benefits.
  • Minnesota has been approved to extend E-SNAP for the benefit month of March (supplements will be issued in April).

 Pandemic EBT for COVID-19

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizes the P-EBT program. The Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnesota Department of Education collaborate in the operation of the program in Minnesota.

  • Some families may be receiving no-cost school meals during the pandemic through school programs, but these families do not necessarily qualify for P-EBT. If you are not certain that you completed and were approved for free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program for the 2020-2021 school year, contact your school to verify your eligibility. 
  • If you have moved since the beginning of the school year, or are using a different mailing address, please contact your school to ensure that the card is mailed to the correct address.
  • The P-EBT Hotline is now open! The hotline can help you understand notifications you may receive or answer questions about the 2020-2021 P-EBT program. The hotline can be reached Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM; you can contact the P-EBT Hotline by completing the P-EBT Help Form or calling (651) 431-4608 or (833) 454-0153.



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