Financial Assistance

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Ramsey County helps determine your eligibility for financial assistance programs including: emergencycashchild care, food and health care.

How to apply


Apply for cash assistance, food and child care assistance programs online through This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for these benefits: 

Apply for assistance

Please submit only one application. Submitting multiple applications through different channels will delay the processing of your application.

Due to high volumes, the current processing of applications and wait times are longer than usual. County staff are working to decrease backlogs and may call after business hours and on weekends to conduct phone interviews. Beginning in March, residents can expect to receive phone calls after 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Fax, in-person and email

Residents can also apply for benefits by: 

Language services coming to phone line

To better serve the needs of our non-English speaking residents, Ramsey County has added language options in their Financial Assistance call center greetings and call menus. Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Karen call center greetings and call menus are now available.


  1. Dial 651-266-4444.
  2. Follow audio directions to select language option.
  3. Call greetings and call menu options will be provided in the resident’s preferred language.
  4. Once the resident is connected with a call center agent, an interpreter will also support the resident caller.

For additional information, please contact Scott Hoemke, Manager – FAS Operations.


Ramsey County operates a 24/7 automated EZ Info phone line (651-266-3800) to provide information about financial assistance programs in English, Español, Hmoob, Soomaali and Karen.

  • Check if documents have been received.
  • Check if your MNbenefits application has been received.
  • Access your financial assistance eligibility, program and benefits status.
  • Request a form to report a change in your situation.