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COVID-19 update

The Government Center East Building is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., but closed for in-person appointments. All Financial Assistance intake interviews, including Emergency Assistance, will take place over the phone, rather than in-person. Call 651-266-4444 to set an appointment up. Clients can send applications and verifications in via fax 651-266-3942 or drop them off in the drop box outside of the building.

If you are receiving financial assistance through Ramsey County, you do not need to reapply or renew your benefits at this time. You will receive your benefits through the end of April.

COVID-19 information and resources

When families are in a financial crisis that poses a direct threat to the physical health or safety of a child younger than 18, Ramsey County can provide short-term assistance.


People currently on a financial assistance program should contact their case worker to apply for emergency aid. People not currently on Ramsey County assistance can call 651-266-4444 to get information on how to apply for emergency aid.

For information on emergency housing, visit Housing Services & Support.