Economic Assistance

How to apply:

Online: Complete and submit an application online. The completed application will be directed to the appropriate County Social Service office.

Manually: Print and complete the Application for Assistance and return it to your local Social Service Office

By Mail: Contact your local Social Services and request an application be mailed to you.



Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides a financial grant to eligible families in which a child is deprived of parental support due to absence, death, or disability / incapacity. The purpose of the program is to ensure a safety net while providing an array of services directed at promoting self-sufficiency. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement in establishing paternity and support orders is required, and eligible caretakers must also participate in the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program to obtain work readiness skills, training, and employment. Benefits are issued through an electronic payment debit card

Health Care Coverage
Health Care Coverage provides benefits to assist with medical costs for eligible low-income individuals and families. Eligibility is based on income, assets, and qualifying as a member of a coverage group. Health Care Coverage includes Medicaid, Healthy Steps (Children's Health Insurance Program), and Aid to the Blind. These programs may provide assistance to children and families, pregnant women, and recipients of SSI or Social Security Disability benefits. Health Care Coverage also includes transitional and extended Medicaid benefits, Medicare savings programs, and the Workers with Disabilities program.

General Assistance

The General Assistance Program is an emergency assistance program intended to meet basic maintenance needs of families in financial crisis, disabled adults, and burial of deceased poor persons.

Energy Assistance
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), also referred to as fuel assistance, is a program that provides benefits to low-income individuals and families to assist with the payment of heating costs. The program is available October through May of each year. Seasonal benefits are based on household size, income, assets, housing type, and size, and fuel used to heat the dwelling.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly Food Stamps) provides benefits through the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to assist low-income individuals and families with purchasing food. Monthly benefits are based on family size, income, and shelter costs.

Child Care Assistance Program
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides assistance to low-income families to help meet their child care costs related to employment and certain educational goals. Most families are responsible for paying a share of the cost based on income and family size.

Basic Care Supplementation
This program is intended to assist individuals who are at least age 18, who are blind or disabled, or age 65 and over, who need the services provided by a licensed basic care facility. This program is a supplement program for individuals residing in participating licensed basic care facilities. The intent of this program is to supplement the income of a person who, after applying all available income to the cost of care at a basic care facility, requires further assistance.

Assistance to the Blind
The Aid to the Blind - Remedial Care (AB-R) program is established under North Dakota Century Code Section 50-24.1-06 state law as a supplementary, state-financed program to meet treatment needs of individuals who are in danger of losing their vision or require restorative eye services.

Foster Care Maintenance Payments

This is a program whereby payment for room, board, supervision, clothing, and personal needs can be made for children who cannot live with relatives, but reside in a licensed foster home or residential facility.

Information & Referral Services
Information and referral services are those services or activities designed to provide information about services provided by public and private service providers and a brief assessment of client needs to facilitate appropriate referral to these community resources.

Crossroads
Crossroads provides child care and transportation assistance for eligible parents up to 21 years of age who are pursuing high school, GED or alternative high school education.