Welcome to Bridge to Benefits
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.
Preprare + Prosper invites you to take part in their financial coaching program, Money Mentors. Selected participants will work with a volunteer financial coach over 4-8 months to take steps to reach financial goals.
Prepare + Prosper has released the list of free tax preparation sites to assist individuals and families receive a full refund with the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) and WFC (Working Family Tax Credit). To see the complete metro area list, click here. If you are in greater Minnesota, call 211 or click here for a site near you.
Please note you will need to bring various forms to file taxes.
Applications are now available for the Energy Assistance Program, which helps people with lower incomes to pay their heating/energy bills. Applications are accepted from OCTOBER 1-MAY 31 of each year. To download an application click here. The Energy Assistance Program is administered by local Community Action agencies. You can send your completed application to your local Community Action agency. The list of agencies can be found at http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/financial/Energy-Assistance-Program/Energy-Assistance-Providers.jsp, or by calling 1-800-657-3710.
Open enrollment for private insurance has ended. However, you can apply and enroll in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare throughout the year. You also can enroll in private insurance if you have a qualifying life event such as marriage, birth of a child or loss of qualifying health coverage. Read more about the enrollment deadline, how you will be eligible if you made an attempt to enroll and the penalty for going without insurance.
The Bridge to Benefits (B2B) website will be updated on Jan. 1, 2014 to include information on and screening for health care programs under the full implementation of 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.
Effective Oct. 1, 2013 able-bodied adults without dependents will no longer be exempt from SNAP Employment & Training Requirements. Benefit amounts will also be adjusted on Oct. 1 and again on Nov. 1. Find out more.
Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for qualifying low-income families.