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Application for Assistance

The N.D. Department of Human Services administers these Public Assistance Programs:

  • Basic Care Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Healthy Steps Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Other Programs

NEW - COVID-19 Pandemic EBT Program (P-EBT) - Food assistance for families of North Dakota children who qualify for free and reduced school meals.

  • Online Application (for families who have NOT received SNAP benefits. SNAP households do not need to do anything. Benefits will be
  • P-EBT Press Release - contains details (May 8, 2020)

For information about public assistance programs, view the Application for Assistance Guidebook - Updated November 2019 (1.38mb pdf). Contains IMPORTANT information about programs and client rights.

Curious What You Might Qualify For? Use this Pre-Screening Tool:

  • Bridge to Benefits: This screening tool was developed by the Children's Defense Fund to help individuals and families learn if they might qualify for benefits from some North Dakota programs. NOTE: It does not include the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

NOTE: Only by completing the application process, will you know with certainty whether you qualify.

To apply, you may submit an application:

  • Online: Complete and submit an application online. The completed application will be directed to the appropriate human service zone office (county office). [IMPORTANT: Currently people cannot apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) online. Find out how to apply for LIHEAP at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/energyassist.html.]
    • Watch is VIDEO to learn about the benefits of applying online and how to apply for benefits online.
      • VIDEO: Learn how to link a case to your online account
      • VIDEO: Learn how to manage your mail notifications
      • VIDEO: Learn how to report a change
      • VIDEO: Learn how to view notices
  • Manually: Print and complete the Application for Assistance (SFN 405) (4.23mb pdf) and then return it to the human service zone office in your county. (NOTE: Due to coronavirus offices are temporarily closed to the public.)
  • By Mail: You can contact your human service zone office (formerly known as county social service office) and request that an application be mailed to you.

For help completing an application, please contact your human service zone office.

 

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