​County Emergency Assistance

Minnesota county governments offer assistance programs to help residents in crisis. Unlike the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, these programs are not necessarily tied to income. For instance, Hennepin County provides financial assistance to residents experiencing an emergency, such as loss of housing or inability to pay utility bills, through three programs. People eligible for these programs are limited to a one-time usage in a 12-month period:

  1. Hennepin County Emergency Assistance Program (HCEAP) was created by Hennepin County in 2003. HCEAP is funded with a combination of state and federal dollars through the Minnesota Family Investment Program Consolidated Fund.
  2. Emergency General Assistance is state-funded and helps individuals, married couples or families who are in crisis and not eligible for HCEAP.
  3. Emergency Minnesota Supplemental Aid (EMSA) meets the emergency needs of people enrolled in Minnesota Supplemental Aid, which provides a monthly cash supplement to people who are blind, disabled, elderly or who receive federal Social Security Income benefits.

Click here to read the Hennepin County fact sheet, which further explains these programs.

Contact your county government to learn more about emergency assistance programs in your county.​

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