Families may be referred to Minnesota Family Investment program (MFIP) when they first apply for assistance with Hennepin County or after they finish four months of Diversionary work Program (DWP). MFIP helps families transition to economic stability by providing a cash supplement to a family's monthly income, help with food support, child care costs, health care coverage, and employment services. Benefits are limited to 60 months.
MFIP supports work by
- Providing help with child care costs while MFIP is active and, in some circumstances, for up to one year after MFIP is closed.
- Providing medical coverage for family members while they receive MFIP and if the family qualifies, up to one year after MFIP is closed.
- Providing financial incentive to work, that is households with earnings receive a grant 10% higher than those MFIP families with out earnings.
- Disregarding 36% of a family's earnings.
MFIP encourages personal responsibility by
- Expecting most participants to develop an employment plan with an Employment Services Counselor.
- Imposing sanctions in the form of grant reductions for failure to cooperate with program requirements.
- Having a life-time limit of 60 months (some exceptions apply).
MFIP allows for some assets to be exempt including
- $2000 for applicants/$5000 for participants
- A vehicle with a loan value of $7000 or less
- A homestead
- Burial accounts
- Life insurance
It can take up to 30 days to process an MFIP application. If you have a bank account, you will receive your benefit by direct deposit into your account.
To reduce long-term dependency on public assistance and to encourage personal responsibility.