Welcome to Bridge to Benefits

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota shares the concerns of Minnesota families as we face this crisis created by COVID-19. The federal and state government along with the non-profit and business communities are working together to bring additional resources and supports to children and families as quickly as possible. To help communicate this evolving information, CDF-MN will use Bridge to Benefits as a Bulletin Board to list resources. During this time, Bridge to Benefits can still be used to help assess eligibility for public programs. Click the green Start button below to begin a screen. 
Bridge to Benefits Screening Tool
Bridge to Benefits is a 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. 
It's easy, confidential and free!


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.


Transit Assistance Program Offers $1 Fares

The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to make public transit through Metro Transit more affordable for low-income residents who are accessing one or more of many of the programs included on Bridge to Benefits. Once enrolled, you (and approved family members) will have access to $1.00 fares for a year. Learn more: https://www.metrotransit.org/tap-riders

Information on Proposed Public Charge Changes

A federal court has issed a preliminary injunction against the Trump Adminstration's proposed changes to the definition of public charge, which was slated to take effect on October 15, 2019. The public charge rule is the test applied to certain immigrants seeking to enter the country or to be granted lawful permanent residency to determine if they are likely to be reliant on government assistance. The current public charge rule that will remain in effect until additional court action only includes cash assistance and certain long-term care programs. NONE of the programs included on Bridge to Benefits are included in the definition of public charge at this time so all families should continue to access the programs on Bridge to Benefits for which they're eligible. Click here for more information about the proposed rule changes and who may affected.

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.