GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Description: This program helps people without children pay for basic needs. It provides money to people who can’t work enough to support themselves, and whose income and resources are very low. People who get GA are also eligible for help with medical and food costs through Medical Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Who is Eligible: You must make $203 or less, after subtracting allowed expenses and have assets less than $1,000. You must also apply for other benefits that you may be able to get, such as: Worker’s Compensation, Social Security Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI), or SSI. You must be unable to work to support yourself because you are:

  • Are in a mental, physical, or drug rehabilitation facility
  • Are determined unemployable by a vocational specialist and the county
  • Are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or waiting on an SSDI or SSI appeal
  • Have a learning disability, illness, or another disability
  • Have a drug or alcohol dependency
  • Are in a domestic violence shelter for women
  • Are a displaced homemaker who is a full-time student
  • Are doing court-ordered services that prevent you from working at least four hours a day
  • Are over age 18, attending high school, and English isn’t your first language

Application Process: Apply online at applyMN.dhs.mn.gov; complete the paper application combined Application Form and mail or bring it to your local county human services agency. You will need a MN ID, driver’s license, or passport, social security number, confirm residency in Minnesota, current bills, checking and savings accounts, value of property, and proof of disability.

Contact Information: Ramsey County Phone- 651-266-4444 160 E. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55101 Lobby is open from 7:30 am-5:45 pm during the year. Holiday Hours 7:30 am-4:15 pm