Welcome to Bridge to Benefits

 
Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. We will NOT ask you for information that identifies you. 
 
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NOTE: This screening tool does not determine eligibility. It is only a guideline. After using this screening tool, you must apply to each program to be sure your are eligible.


News

Helping Clinics Refer Low-Income Families to Economic Resources

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Bridge to Benefits are sponsoring a webinar for health care clinics and hospitals interested in helping their low-income patients find economic resources by using the Bridge to Benefits screening tool. A growing body of research shows the link between economic stability and better health outcomes. Minnesota clinics and hospitals likely see a number of patient families who struggle to meet basic needs, putting them at a higher risk for developing chronic disease and other health problems.  What can health care providers do to address the social determinants of health? This webinar will help explain some options that are available for connecting families to public programs and other resources through the Bridge to Benefits site that can improve economic stability and ultimately health outcomes. To learn more or to register for the webinar, click here.

Help Afford School Supplies by Claiming Tax Benefits

The new school year is right around the corner. It's no secret that the cost of school supplies can add up fast. Minnesota helps families afford school supplies by offering tax benefits like the Minnesota K-12 Education Credit/Subtraction. These benefits can increase a tax refund up to $1,000 or lower the amount of tax owed. To claim these educational benefits, parents must remember to save their receipts from education expenses to claim them at tax time. Expenses included notebooks, pencils, musical instruments, textbooks, educational field trips, and more! To learn more, click here.

Major Code Update to Bridge to Benefits on Friday, August 5

A major update to the Bridge to Benefits website will occur in the early hours of Friday, August 5, 2016. This code may cause disruptions or errors to occur on the site. If you notice any issues or have any concerns about the site in the coming weeks, please contact Stephanie Hogenson at 651-855-1175 or shogenson@childrensdefense.org. We appreciate your patience and welcome your suggestions or feedback.

Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. 

Prepare and Prosper's Money Mentors

Preprare + Prosper invites you to take part in their financial coaching program, Money Mentors. Selected participants will work with a volunteer financial coach over 6 or 12 months to take steps to reach financial goals.

Q & A on the Affordable Care Act

Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota put together a Question & Answer on what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and how you may benefit from full implementation of the law. Learn more.

Low-cost home internet services

Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for qualifying low-income families.