Cash Programs

These programs help individuals and families who meet program guidelines and whose income is not enough to meet basic needs. Cash programs include:

  • Diversionary Work Program (DWP) - DWP is a four-month program that provides services and other program support to eligible families to help them move immediately to work rather than go on welfare.
  • General Assistance (GA) - GA is a monthly cash payment for adults or married couples without children who cannot work, have little or no income and are not able to get help from other state or federal programs. GA helps with money for food, housing and other basic needs.
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) - MFIP is a monthly cash payment to qualifying families. It helps families, pregnant women, and those with one or more children under age 18.
  • Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) - MSA is a monthly cash payment that helps people whose disability, retirement, or other income is not enough. It is for people age 65 or older, those who are blind and the disabled age 18 and older.
  • Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) - RCA is a monthly cash payment for certain non-citizens who are considered refugees, and who have been in the United States eight months or less.
  • Work Benefit Program (WB) - A monthly cash benefit for families who have exited DWP or MFIP, and are working a required number of hours and have income within program guidelines.

Applications are available by contacting:
           Cash programs require an in-person interview.  Currently not required due to Covid-19.

  • Renville County Human Services – Call 320-523-2202 or 800-363-2533 or in person at
You can also access an application through ApplyMN or print out and complete the Combined Application Form (CAF) 

  • Renewing your cash benefits
  • During the Covid-19 public health emergency, people who received cash assistance were not required to report changes or complete renewals. We are now restarting those activities.
  • This form serves as your renewal for cash and SNAP programs only, not health care programs. It asks for  information about your household TODAY. We will use this information to determine whether you are still eligible for assistance, or if your benefits need to be changed.
  • Please answer all questions. Sign and date this form and return it to your county agency. 

    Household Change Report Form


1. What is General Assistance?

General Assistance is a cash grant program to help adults who have little to no income and assets, and are unable to work due to age, disability, illness, or certain other reasons.

2. What is Minnesota Family Investment Program?

The Minnesota Family Investment Program is a monthly cash payment program for families who have one or more children under age 19, or for women who are pregnant and who have little or no income. Eligibility is based on income and assets. To receive cash payments, participants must participate in employment services.

3. What is the Diversionary Work Program?

The Diversionary Work Program (DWP) is a short-term work focused program for families applying for cash benefits. It provides a maximum of four consecutive months in a 12-month period of necessary services and other program support to families. The purpose of the program is help families achieve unsubsidized employment, increase economic stability, and reduce the risk of needing longer term assistance under the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).