Emergency Programs

Program Qualifications


Emergency programs are available to qualifying persons to prevent homeless or utility shut off. Emergency programs include:
  • Emergency Assistance (EA) - EA helps eligible families who have children in the home under age 18.
    • EA is a program that helps families with children under the age of 18 who are in danger of being evicted or having a utility shut off.
    • EA can be used once in a 12-month period.
    • Eligibility is based on income and assets at the time of application.
    • EA is funded by allocation with limited funds.
    • Additional rules may apply.
  • Emergency General Assistance (EGA) - EGA helps eligible adults without minor children in the home.
    • EGA helps eligible households that do not qualify for EA, MFIP, or DWP.
    • This program may be used in a crisis to assist with utilities and housing.
    • EGA can be used once in a 12-month period.
    • EGA is funded by allocation with limited funds.
    • Additional rules may apply.

How to Apply


  • Apply Online
    • Apply online at ApplyMN.com.
    • Available to new applicants as well as those with active cases interested in applying for additional programs.
  • Paper Applications
    • Call the EZ Info line at 763-422-7200 to request an application by mail or fax.
    • Print online at eDocs Online
    • Fax, mail, or drop off the paper application at any Economic Assistance location in Anoka, Blaine, Columbia Heights, or Lexington.
  • Apply in Person During Intake Hours
    • Intake Hours: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Monday through Friday, except holidays or otherwise posted
    • You must be a new applicant without an active case. If you are open on a case, contact your worker to set up an interview.
    • Families with minor children apply at the Blaine Human Services Center.
    • Adults with no minor children apply at the Anoka County Government Center.