Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)


 "Assisting low-income families achieve sufficiency and move out of poverty by Expecting, Rewarding, & Supporting Work"


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Welfare Reform began in Minnesota in July 1997. Minnesota began it's version of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). "Entitlement" was eliminated and 60-month lifetime limit was established. The MFIP program went beyond reducing welfare caseloads and sought to move people out of poverty. 

In 2003 Minnesota philosophical changes occurred with legislative updates to the MFIP program. The program shifted from "out of poverty' to "quick attachment to the workforce".  

Employment & Self-sufficiency Supports:
  • MFIP requires both single and 2-parent households to work at least 35 hours per week.
  • A percent of earnings are disregarded before wages impact the family's cash grant.
  • Funding streams for specialized services have been combined into a "consolidated MFIP fund" where counties have some local flexibility.
  • Types of funding available in the consolidated funds are transportation needs, short-term vocational training, emergency housing and utility needs.
  • Other supports for employment and self-sufficiency include food support, child care assistance, transition medical assistance, and a pass-through of child support paid by non-custodial parents.
  • In some cases funding is available for transportation needs and short-term vocational training.