Dakota County public assistance.

The leading organization to call for government and public assistance is the Dakota County Employment and Economic Assistance organization. Find the phone number and address below, as well as more information on the resources they administer.

Housing and rent assistance is provided from a grant program. The funds can also be used to pay for security deposits. The total amount paid will be up to $350 for rent/housing, and is only offered at most once every 12 months.

Other expenses can be paid for as well. Any form of financial or public assistance provided for any basic need will always be paid out in the form of a check, but sometimes a gift card may be used for gasoline or food. Financial assistance, vouchers, or grants are provided based on availability of government funding. Dakota County Minnesota receives new funding each month from government resources to be used in a one month period.

Emergency financial assistance is always short term in nature. If someone does successfully qualify, cash payments will be provided directly to a landlord for paying for expenses and basic needs such as rent, housing, security damage deposit and repairs. Public and government programs can also address the needs of Dakota County Minnesota families for bills such as utility company shutoffs or medically necessary telephone service. The county may also helps with providing transportation to secure or maintain employment including health insurance, car payments, car repairs and funds for obtaining a new driver's license.

The county also works closely with government organizations such as The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Food Support Program. So this can provide emergency meals, food, and groceries to the needy.





Medical Assistance (MA) is a federal government assistance program that helps pay for the nursing home care and medical bills of persons across Dakota County who cannot pay for their own health care. A number of medical services may be offered and paid for, including Hospital and Physician care, Routine dental care, Prescription medications, Eye care, and mental health treatment. Medical Assistance can even pay for the reimbursement for medical transportation.

Child care assistance includes programs for infants and more regular type services. The county may have government/public assistance with paying child care costs for children up to age 12 and for special needs children under the age of 14. Some of the reasons that child care assistance can be applied for include coverage for when parents work, attend job training, look for work or attend school. Several factors are reviewed when determining eligibility, including family income, size and participation in authorized activities. Another similar government program is known as the Minnesota At-Home Infant Care Program (AHIC). This program provides financial assistance to lower income families with a child less than one year of age.

The state version of TANF is known as MFIP. This publicly funded program helps families work their way out of poverty by offering cash assistance and social services. It can provide food benefits and temporary cash to qualified families. Families can only receive MFIP for at most 60 months, however a very small number of exceptions can be made. Work requirements are also required by this government program. It someone doesn’t meet the work requirements established by the county, then the public aid can end.

Many of the beneficiaries fall into one or more of these categories. Children who are being cared for by certain relatives may receive assistance and a woman expecting a baby may receive public assistance during her pregnancy.

Recipients of MFIP may also be eligible for other public aid, including Medical Bill Assistance, Food, Emergency Financial Assistance, Child Care Costs, and more.

Burial costs and funeral expenses may be paid for too. Dakota County Minnesota will have limited amounts of financial assistance for paying for funeral expenses for the indigent. The maximum amount paid out will be in the low $2000 range. Criteria apply though, such as for separate cemetery expenses including the lot/opening. For these expenses only several hundred dollars in financial aid may be provided.

This program does allow some flexibility in that the representatives of the deceased or the family may use any funeral home of their choosing for services. They should advise the funeral home that they select that they are seeking public funds and burial assistance from the government.

General financial assistance and other social services are also offered for adults and childless couples/families ages 18 to 64. So this public aid can help people without kids pay the bills. Both food support and general medical and health care aid may also be administered as part of the Dakota County general assistance program.

Call the Dakota County Employment and Economic organization at (651) 554-5611, or stop by the Northern Service Center at 1 Mendota Road West, Suite 100, West Saint Paul, MN 55118.




By Jon McNamara

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