Services

  • Income Support Assistance and Referral


    Get screened for income support programs to improve many areas of your day to day life including: economic, social, and physical health. We know the details of different income supports can be confusing. We will sit down with you or your family and walk you through the screening and application process.

    Call us at 651-771-2566 to make an appointment.

    Income Support Assistance and Referral is a part of our Bridges to Career Opportunities program, which integrates employment coaching, financial coaching, and income support services to empower individuals to increase earnings, reduce financial transaction costs and build wealth for themselves and their families. 

    We partner with the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota and use their "Bridge to Benefits" screening tool to screen and provide referrals for the following programs:

    • Child Care Assistance Program

      Assists parents with lower incomes to pay for child care. The Child Care Assistance Program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services but eligibility and case management is done by county human services department.
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      Energy Assistance Program

      Assists people with lower incomes to pay their heating/energy bills during the fall, winter and spring months. The Energy Assistance Program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
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      Health Care Assistance Program

      Medical Assistance: Health insurance program for some Minnesotans with lower incomes; it is Minnesota’s name for Medicaid. It is usually a free program, although there are some small costs (co-pays) for parents and adults without children. Medical Assistance is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services but eligibility and case management are done by county human services departments. MinnesotaCare: Health insurance program Minnesotans with lower incomes who cannot get affordable insurance through their job or somewhere else; it is not a free program. MinnesotaCare is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 
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      School Meal Program

      Assists in paying for all or part of the cost of breakfast and lunch for children at school. The School Meal Program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Education - Food and Nutrition Services.
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      Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

      The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Support, helps people with lower incomes pay for nutritious food, which helps kids to grow up strong and helps adults to stay healthy· SNAP is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services but eligibility and case management is done by county human services departments
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      Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

       WIC is a nutrition and health program that helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC is administered by the Minnesota Department of Health. 
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      Working Family Tax Credit

      The Working Family Tax Credit is a Minnesota state tax credit that helps low-income people who are working, especially those who are raising children. It is a state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Most people who get the EITC also get the WFC. If you get the WFC, you will either get a larger refund (money given back to you) or pay less in state taxes. The Working Family Tax Credit is administered by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.The Eastside Financial Center provides free on-site tax clinics during the tax season (January - April).
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      Earned Income Tax Credit

      The Earned Income federal tax credit helps low-income people who are working, especially those who are raising children. If you get it, you will either get a larger refund (money given back to you) or pay less in federal taxes. The Earned Income Tax Credit is administered by the United States Internal Revenue Service.The Eastside Financial Center provides free on-site tax clinics during the tax season (January - April).
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