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Financial Assistance Services Department

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160 E Kellogg 651 266 4444     FAS determines eligibility for people with low incomes for:

          • Child Care
          • Food Support
          • General and Emergency Assistance
          • Medicaid (MA) 
          • Minnesota Family Investment Program
Normal Lobby Hours are 7:30 - 5:45

Eligibility & Applications for Help in Ramsey County 

Visit Bridge to Benefits for a screening tool to find out if you may be eligible for benefits and to register.

How to Apply in person for Cash or Food Support assistance (M - F 7:30 am to 5:45 pm). 

Learn about the EZ Info telephone  to hear and leave messages in English, Español, Lus Hmoob (Hmong), or af Soomaali.

How to Apply on-line with ApplyMN  You can apply for health care, cash assistance,
SNAP (food support), and child care assistance programs.

Ramsey County & Minnesota Programs

When you select links below, you will be redirected to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (unless indicated).

Cash Assistance   
Food Programs 
Health Care Programs 

    The following programs help people with disabilities, or low to moderate incomes, and people who are 65 or older obtain coverage for medical bills.

    Medical Assistance (MA) - County Intake can help you learn if you are eligible for MA. There may be spend downs - similar to insurance deductibles. Sometimes MA can pay medical bills 3 months back from the date you apply.  

    Medicare -  If you have Medicare or will qualify soon, learn about Medicare D, the prescription drug coverage program. Go to MN Dept of Human Services for more information.

    MN DHS - Other Health Care Programs - There are a variety of health care programs available to assist specific groups of people. These include persons in Nursing Homes, at-home care services, etc.


MNsure logo Compare and choose health insurance to meet your needs and On-line Application We recommend you apply on-line or call 855-366-7873.

Ramsey County Application Center Resources (pdf)  County Residents: for in-person help or paper applications, the Ramsey County Center at 160 E. Kellogg is open 8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday. 651-266-3870

Emergency Programs

    Ramsey County Emergency Assistance (EA) - This program is for low-income families in a financial crisis.

    Emergency General Assistance (EGA) - This program helps low-income individuals in a financial crisis.

    Emergency Minnesota Supplemental Aid - EMSA is only available to persons currently receiving MSA.

    Emergency aid is usually provided as specific payments for shelter or other emergency expenses, which cause a threat to the health or safety of individuals or families. People currently on a Financial Assistance program should call their caseworker to apply for emergency aid. People not currently on Ramsey County assistance can call 266-4444 to get information on how to apply for emergency aid.

Homeless Help and Shelter 

    Coordinated Access to Housing and Shelter - CAHS Ramsey County Social Services staff work in collaboration with Catholic Charities and St Paul YMCA to coordinate intake services for families who are homeless AND have dependent children.

    • Location: Woodland Hills Church - 1740 Van Dyke, North St Paul, MN 55109
    • Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Phone number: (651) 215-2262
    • Coordinated intake services for access to housing, services, and shelter
    • Referrals to emergency shelter


How to Apply in Person for Financial Assistance