General Assistance (GA)

Frequent Pitfalls

Not attending your phone or in-office interview

When you apply for GA, you will have an interview. If you can’t go into the county office for the interview, you can schedule it over the phone. Make sure to keep your appointment or to reschedule it if you miss it. GA might deny your application if you don’t have an interview.

Not reporting changes to your income, assets, or living situation

When you start getting GA, you will get instructions on how to report changes in your household. It’s important to fill out these forms accurately and on time.

Not filling out the application at MNbenefits correctly

The online application form at MNbenefits is complicated. It’s important to read through the instructions carefully so that you are sure that you’ve filled out the form as best you can. You can save a partial application and come back to it later.

If you prefer, you can fill out a paper application.


It can be difficult to find accurate and complete information about public benefits programs. Some social workers and advocates may have limited knowledge of available options. They may also be unaware of how changes in income or employment can affect eligibility for such programs.

To be sure the information you receive is accurate and complete, Chat with a Hub expert or contact your county or tribal human services office.

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