Screening for Public Benefits

Find the support you need

Mother and daughter outsideScreenings for income support programs can 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. At the Eastside Financial Center in Saint Paul, 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 service. This service integrates employment coaching, financial coaching and income support services, which empower you 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” tool to screen and provide referrals for the following programs:

Child Care Assistance Program

This program assists parents with lower incomes to pay for child care. The Department of Human Services administers this program, but county human service departments determine eligibility and manage cases.

Earned Income Tax Credit

This federal tax credit helps people with lower income, especially people raising children, either secure a larger tax refund or pay less in federal taxes. The United States Internal Revenue Service administers this tax credit. The Eastside Financial Center provides free, on-site tax clinics during the tax season (January – April).

Energy Assistance Program

This program assists people with lower incomes to pay their heating and energy bills during the fall, winter and spring months. The Minnesota Department of Commerce administers this program.
 

Health Care Assistance Programs

Medical Assistance — Minnesota’s name for Medicaid — is an insurance program for some Minnesotans with lower incomes. This program is usually free, but parents and adults without children pay some small costs (co-pays). The Minnesota Department of Human Services administers Medical Assistance, but county human services departments determine eligibility and manage cases.

MinnesotaCare is a health insurance program for Minnesotans with lower incomes who cannot get affordable insurance through their job or elsewhere. This is not a free program. The Department of Human Services administers MinnesotaCare.

School Nutrition Programs

This program offers free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch for children at school. The Minnesota Department of Education - Food and Nutrition Services administers this program.

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

Formerly called Food Support, this program helps people with lower incomes afford nutritious food, which allows kids to grow up strong and enables adults to stay healthy. The Minnesota Department of Human Services administers SNAP, but county human services departments determine eligibility and manage cases.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

This nutrition and health program helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. The Minnesota Department of Health administers WIC.

Working Family Tax Credit

This Minnesota state tax credit helps people with lower incomes who are working, especially people raising children, secure a larger tax refund or pay less in state taxes. The Minnesota Department of Revenue administers this tax credit. WFC is the state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); most people who receive EITC also get the WFC. The Eastside Financial Center provides free, on-site tax clinics during tax season (January – April).