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 phone interview may be required before your application can be processed.
ApplyMN online application
Or print the Combined application form. You may also call 612-596-1300 to have a form mailed to you.
Combined application form (PDF)
You can mail the form to P.O. Box 107, Minneapolis, MN 55440.
You can fax the form to 612-288-2981.
Expedited food assistance
You may be eligible to receive benefits within 24 hours of your interview. You will need to provide ID. We can help you prove your identity.
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.
You have the right to appeal
Applicants or clients who do not agree with an action taken on their case have the right to appeal. If you ask, 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.