MINNESOTA FAMILY INVESTMENT PROGRAM (MFIP)
Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties.
In order to be eligible for these benefit programs, you must be a resident of Minnesota, either
pregnant or responsible for a child under age 19, either a U.S. citizen or have a qualified non-citizen
immigration status, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low
wages), or unemployed, and meet program asset limits.
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is a work first focused program designed to assist public
assistance recipients and enhance their efforts so they can successfully transition from Welfare-to-Work.
A structured job search coupled with a Work First training curriculum, Job Club support network, and
resume development, prepares individuals for and emphasizes the importance and values of work.
Complementing that format is Employment & Training’s venue of Adult Education, Lives in Transition,
CareerForce locations, Vocational Evaluation, Supported Work experience Program, and placement
activities that address traditional barriers to employment.
Support service monies are utilized to address childcare, transportation, and work -related costs that
could be impediments to employment. As recipients face a five-year time limit on receiving public
assistance benefits, the program utilizes intensive one-on-one and group initiatives and counseling to
facilitate participant success and self-sufficiency. Follow-up is provided to support job retention and
reduce program recurrence.
Carlton & Cook