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  • Ramsey County Health and Human Services
    160 Kellogg Blvd E, St. Paul, MN 55101-1420
Service Info
Service:Emergency General Assistance (EGA)
Agency: Ramsey County Health and Human Services
Location:160 Kellogg Blvd E, St. Paul, MN, 55101-1420 Map
Phone: (651) 266-4444

Service Description

Emergency General Assistance (EGA) may help to resolve a one-time crisis that immediately threatens a basic health or safety need (such as food, shelter or utilities). It is available to low income Minnesota residents through counties.

To qualify, you must have no other resources available to meet this need. The need must be resolved by one-time help, and it cannot be an ongoing need.

Generally, the money is paid directly to resolve the bill or as a voucher. Funds are administered by counties, and may run out.


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To be eligible for EGA a person must:
 * Have an emergency that threatens their health and safety (determined by the county)
 * Have income of less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline for the previous year
 * Receive EGA only once in any 12-month period

Other programs affect eligibility:
 * You do not have to be eligible for General Assistance (GA) in order to qualify for EGA
 * Families on Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) do not qualify for EGA, but may qualify for different emergency funds
 * People receiving other types of income benefits may apply
 * Disqualifying from GA or MFIP must not have caused the crisis

Funds may run out.

Application Instructions

Visit your county or tribal government human services office. Bring proof of income, identity and the crisis (such as a disconnection or eviction notice).

You can apply online for EGA (along with other programs for food, health care and cash help) at:

For Ramsey County residents:
- People currently active on a program with Financial Assistance should call their caseworker to apply for emergency aide.
- People not currently on assistance with Ramsey County can call (651) 266-4444 to get information on how to apply for emergency aid.



Required Documents

  • application/registration forms
  • Documentation of the emergency
  • foreclosure notice
  • ID
  • proof of assets
  • proof of household income
  • utility disconnection notice

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

Ramsey County




Telephone types, numbers and hours

Adult Protection After Hours (651) 291 - 6795After 5pm
Intake (651) 266 - 44448-4:30 Monday-Friday
TTY - Income Maintenance Division (651) 266 - 37508-4:30 Monday-Friday
TTY - Social Service Division (651) 298 - 40148-4:30 Monday-Friday

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