The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is Minnesota’s welfare-to-work program. MFIP provides cash and food assistance to low-income children and their parents.
MFIP, Low-Wage Work & Housing
Women and their Families Turn to MFIP
- Half of all MFIP applicants were working the quarter before they turned to MFIP in female-dominated industries: Administrative & support (temp agencies) – 17%
- Retail trade – 13.8%
- Accommodation & food services – 13.7%
- Health care & social services – 13.3%
When women lose low-wage work because of layoffs, reduced hours, or child birth, they do not often do not qualify for unemployment insurance – 70% of MFIP applicants are women, 2/3 of people who turn to Unemployment Insurance (UI) are men. [iii]
Did you know…
- Monthly assistance has not increased since 1986. A family of three survives on $532/month.
- MFIP has extensive work-related requirements : 30 hr/week of job search; must accept the first suitable job offered
- Work with a job counselor on an employment plan
- 50% of families move from welfare-to-work within one year; 70% transition within three years.[iv]
Legislative Commission to End Poverty by 2020
- Minnesota has a bipartisan Legislative Commission to End Poverty that has made holistic policy recommendations with Minnesota should adopt these recommendations.
- Commission’s Recommendations include:
- Restore work as a way out of poverty
- Refocus public assistance to streamline services and support everyone’s capacity and potential (more uniform eligibility requirements)
- Help Minnesotans build and maintain financial assets
- Increase state support for housing, access to transportation, and support for caregivers
- 34% of people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota are children
- In 2011, there were 42.500 MFIP cases on average (DHS)
- 70% of parents enrolled in cash assistance are women
- Approximately 116,400 people are served by MFIP each month (DHS)
- 81,400 are children
- Only 40%-50% of unemployed Minnesotans collect unemployment insurance (DEED)
- Women make up half the workforce but only collect about 1/3 of the Unemployment Insurance (DEED)
MFIP, Jobs & Housing Interviews
TANF Waiver update (7/24/2012) from Assistant Commissioner Erin Sullivan Sutton to the Minnesota Legislature.
MFIP Self Support Index (DHS)