General Assistance (GA)

The Basics

General Assistance (GA) helps individuals and married couples without children pay for basic needs like rent and clothing.

Emergency General Assistance helps adults with low income and no children in the household who are facing a household emergency.

You can apply for GA or Emergency General Assistance at your local county or tribal human services office or online at

Note: People who have children can get help from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Learn more about it in DB101's MFIP article.

Get a quick introduction to GA in this short video:


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