Fill out an application
Be aware that your benefits will not start until your paperwork is received and processed. Depending on the program for which you are applying, a face-to-face or phone interview may be required before your application can be processed.
Print one of the forms below. You may also call 612-596-1300 to have a form mailed to you.
Combined application form
You can bring the completed form to one of our offices, fill it out there, or mail it to the address on the form. If you visit one of our two offices listed below, limited drop-in child care is available while you are completing your business in our offices.
Century Plaza Family Service Center
330 South 12th Street, Minneapolis
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Northwest Family Service Center
7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
VEAP Community Service Center
9600 Aldrich Avenue South, Bloomington
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Get help applying
You may have someone else apply for you. To do this, you must write a letter identifying that person as an "authorized representative" who has permission to complete the process on your behalf. If you are in the hospital or homebound, call our office for assistance.
Find an interpreter
Available languages vary by office location. If we do not have the appropriate interpreter onsite, we will phone an interpretive language line for assistance. Please call 612-596-1300 to let us know two days in advance if you need American Sign Language interpreter services for the hard-of-hearing.
Get the right help
Applicants or clients who do not agree with an action taken on their cases have the right to appeal. A Hennepin County human services representative can help file the appeal forms.
If you ask for the appeal promptly, you can continue to receive assistance while waiting for the appeal to be heard. However, if you lose the appeal, you must pay back any assistance received during that time.
You may bring an attorney, advocate, friend, or relative to the appeal hearing. The State of Minnesota will send a written decision to you after the hearing. Contact the Hennepin County appeals office at 612-348-2550 or 612-348-8852, or the Minnesota Department of Human Services appeals office at 651-431-3600.