Emergency Programs

Program Qualifications

Emergency programs are available to qualifying persons to prevent homelessness 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.
    • 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. Drop off locations are listed on the Economic Assistance page.