Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
Availability: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties.
Eligibility: Able-bodied adult caregivers ages 18 to 60 with dependents receiving public assistance through State funding.
Program Description: The Diversionary Work Program (DWP) is a four-month program that provides services and supports to eligible families to help them move immediately to work rather than go on public assistance.
The four months of DWP do not count towards the 60-month lifetime limit for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Supports for working families – DWP supports your family while you work or look for work. With DWP, you may be eligible for supports, such as:
Help with rent, utilities or other housing costs.
Personal needs allowance
Parents are expected to work – All parents, including both parents in a two-parent family, are expected to develop and sign an employment plan before your family is approved for DWP.
Your employment plan will consider what work you can do and what best meets your family situation.
You must seek full-time work immediately if you are approved for DWP.