Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

The Minnesota Family Investment Program supports low-income families in their path to self-sufficiency through cash and food assistance, employment and training services, and related support services and transitional services. 

Families under the program without public housing or assisted rental subsidies are provided with a monthly $110 MFIP Housing Assistance Grant.

Minnesota approves applications based on the household’s income and assets. The TANF/MFIP program is available for only 24 months, with some exceptions for seniors, disabled people, and minor children.

FAQ’s about the Minnesota Family Investment Program


How do I apply for MFIP? 

Start your application for MFIP through ApplyMN or in person at a local DHS office in your county. An interview will be arranged once the application is received. The interview will either be in person or by phone, it will be determining your eligibility for the program.

How much do you get on MFIP? 

The benefits you receive from MFIP largely depend on your family’s income and size. A single mother of two without income receives a maximum of monthly $632 cash assistance.

What is DWP in MN?

The Diversionary Work Program (DWP), a four-month program that provides assistance to parents by helping them work right away rather than continuing on to welfare. Before starting to get MFIP benefits, parents go through the DWP.

Those under the program receive child care assistance, food stamps, housing, and medical assistance.


MFIP is a welfare program designed to help families become self-sufficient. Minnesota requires recipients to undergo a specified number of hours a week in work or other work activities within the month of getting their first benefit.

What is Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)? 

The MSA provides assistance to seniors, blind, or disabled and SSI recipients through supplemental cash assistance. They give monthly cash grants, medical assistance, and other social services.

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