North Dakota

Assistance Programs, Local Agencies and Charities

Food  Housing  Cash Assistance  Bills  Health  Education  Employment



  • North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, Call: 800-755-2716
  • North Dakota Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  – Helps move low-income families from public assistance to self-sufficiency by providing cash assistance along with work readiness, training and job placement servicesCall: 701-328-2332
  • North Dakota Telephone Assistance Program (Lifeline) – Offers discounts on basic monthly service for qualified telephone customers, Call: Local telephone company
  • North Dakota State Telephone Assistance Program (Link-Up)  – Provides discounts on installation charges for telephone service to eligible North Dakota program participants, Call: Local telephone company
  • North Dakota Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Program  – Designed to provide North Dakota adults with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, training and job placement servicesCall: 701-328-2332
  • North Dakota Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible North Dakota residents, Call: 701-328-2321
  • North Dakota Healthy Steps Children’s Health Insurance – Offers health care coverage to North Dakota working families, who cannot afford health insurance coverage for their children, yet earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, Call: 877-543-7669
  • North Dakota Child Care Assistance Program – Helps income-eligible North Dakota families pay for child care while they work or attend school or training, Call: 701-328-2332
  • North Dakota Family Caregiver Support Program  – Offers help to caregivers who are caring for an adult age 60 or older, or caring for grandchildren or other young relatives who are age 18 or younger, Call: 701-328-4601
  • North Dakota Basic Care Assistance Program  – Helps eligible individuals residing in licensed basic care facilities in North Dakota to pay for the cost of care in these facilities, Call: 800-755-27161
  • North Dakota Crossroads Program  – Supports eligible North Dakota parents up to age 21 by helping pay a portion of their child care and transportation costs so they can continue their education and graduate from high school, Call: 701-328-2332
  • North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 701-328-2496
  • North Dakota National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call: 701-328-2260
  • North Dakota Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 701-328-2260
  • North Dakota School Breakfast Program (SBP)  Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 701-328-2260
  • North Dakota Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call: 701-328-2260
  • North Dakota Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care, Call: 701-328-2260
  • North Dakota Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 701-237-6013
  • North Dakota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Designed to helps eligible low-income North Dakota families with home heating costs, Call: 701-328-2332
  • North Dakota Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) – Assists households reduce energy bills by improving energy efficiency of their homes, Call: 701-328-2332
  • North Dakota Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Designed to improve the health of low- income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods, Call: 701-328-2260
  • North Dakota Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Local PHA
  • North Dakota Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: Local PHA

Homeowners Assistance and Housing Programs

North Dakota – Making Home Affordable options

Making Home Affordable is a federal program designed to cover different homeowners’ hardships and financial situations. Under the program there are various options that can help North Dakota homeowners in hardship stay in their homes. Depending on the situation North Dakota homeowners in hardship can apply to lower their monthly payments, lower the interest rate on their home loan or even get principal reduction in some cases.

There are foreclosure alternatives and temporarily help for unemployed homeowners as well.

Here are some of the most used options under Making Home Affordable Program:

HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) approved housing counselor can be reached at: 888-995-4673  (Hearing impaired: 877-304-9709 TTY) to help you understand your options, prepare your application, and work with your mortgage company.


Food Assistance Programs, Services, and Organizations in North Dakota


North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Stamps Program as it is known by the public, is a federal program that provides grants to the States for purpose of reducing the hunger and malnutrition in all eligible households across the nation. SNAP helps provide healthy food to qualifying low-income families with children, elderly or disabled in each State of the USA, including North Dakota. Learn more about SNAP.

It is important to know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal entitlement program funded by U.S. Government grants. Any U.S. Citizen, even some legal alien residents will get free food assistance as long as they meet the SNAP eligibility guidelines. In other words, there is enough Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for every American that qualifies.

In North Dakota, the SNAP is known as North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Federal Government pays 100% of North Dakota SNAP Benefits with federal grants appropriated for SNAP. The SNAP federal grants also pay a share of the North Dakota SNAP administrative cost.

According to North Dakota Human and Community Services Division, “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps low-income North Dakotans meet their nutritional needs.”


Who is Eligible for SNAP (Food Stamps) in North Dakota?

The eligibility rules and benefit amounts in North Dakota, like in other States, are based on limited income, limited liquid resources, household size, and other requirements, some of them specific to each State. Most eligibility rules are determined by regulations issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service.

The federal law allows States some flexibility when implementing SNAP on a State level. State agencies can adapt some of the food assistance program rules in order to meet the needs of eligible, low‐income local population.

North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is designed for individuals and families with limited income resources, who compose a household, and purchase and prepare their meals together for home consumption. People living with roommates, people who are temporary unemployed, or people who are homeless can also get food stamps if they meet specific eligibility guidelines.

For the purpose of the North Dakota SNAP, certain people must be included in on household account even if they purchase and prepare meals separately. Husbands and wives of any household member, their children under age 22 when living together, plus children younger than 18 who are dependents of an adult household member are all considered as a part of one household formation.

In North Dakota anyone with limited income and resources may apply for food stamps but, in general, to qualify for North Dakota SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits you must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • North Dakota Resident – must be a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident with SNAP eligible non-citizen status;
  • Work Requirement – unless exempted, each able-bodied household member who is 16 to 60 year old must be registered to work, and accept a suitable employment offer;
  • Resource Limits – no asset limits if you meet SNAP categorical eligibility, all others must have countable household assets limited to $2,250 or less ($3,250 or less for households containing a member who is disabled or 60 years of age or older);
  • Income Limits –  Income limits eligibility depends on the household size and composition. Households with no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both standard gross and net income limits. Households with elderly or disabled individuals must meet only the net income limits. Gross income includes wages, salaries, commissions, dividends, child support, self-employment income, unemployment compensation, social security benefits and other.

Some North Dakota residents may be automatically or so called categorically eligible for Food Stamps if they already participate in other means tested assistance programs. Getting any benefits funded by federal grants from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can make the applicant for SNAP benefits categorically eligible, thus bypassing the standard income eligibility and asset eligibility rules.

Under the federal SNAP regulations, States do have to assign a gross income limit of 200% of the federal poverty line (FPL) or less in order to use any federal grant funded benefit that can make Food Assistance applicants eligible. Please, contact your local DHS for more details on SNAP categorical eligibility.

See the table for Maximum Monthly Income (measured as percentage of federal poverty level – FPL) allowable for SNAP Benefits Eligibility in State of North Dakota, as per household size:

Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016 USDA FNS SNAP Max Income
Household SizeGross Monthly Income
200 % of poverty level
Gross Monthly Income
130 % of poverty level
Net Monthly Income
100 % of poverty level
Each additional member+$694+$451+$347

Source: USDA, SNAP Income Eligibility Standards


Quick Eligibility Check

Use this Pre-Screening Tool to find out if you may be eligible to get North Dakota SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps).

The screening allows interested in getting North Dakota food stamps to provide some basic information and find out if they are potentially eligible for benefits.

If you use this Pre-Screening Tool you will be notified immediately on the screen if you qualify after completing the questionnaire. This is a pre-screening information, and you still have to make an application at your local North Dakota DHS office.

Even if you are unsure whether you would qualify you still may be eligible for SNAP Benefits and you should still apply. The Department of Human Services is the agency in North Dakota that can make final determination regarding your SNAP application in this State and grant you benefits.


What are Maximum North Dakota SNAP (Food Stamps) Benefits?

If approved, the North Dakota SNAP benefit amounts depend on the household size and the amount of the their net income. USDA has maximum SNAP benefit limits per month per household size. Check below what are the maximum food stamp assistance monetary amounts a household can get. The dollar amounts of the food stamp benefits are called allotments.

Oct. 1, 2015 - Sept. 30, 2016 USDA Max SNAP Allotments
Household SizeMaximum Food Assistance Monthly Allotment
Each additional member$146

Source: USDA, SNAP Maximum Allotments

Use this online calculator provided by ND DHS to check your potential eligibility and SNAP monthly benefit amount.


How to Apply for SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) in North Dakota?

To apply for SNAP benefits in North Dakota download and print the Application for Assistance form offered by the Department of Human Services.

The same application form can be used to apply for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Health Care Coverage (HCC), Basic Care Assistance Program (BCAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program which offers cash benefits to qualifying families.

More than one assistance program in an application is common practice by a lot of the States, since most of the people in need of food stamps are likely to be in need of cash and other assistance and services.

Applicants for SNAP in State of North Dakota have the right to file an application in person, through an authorized representative, by fax, by mail, or online. The SNAP application may be submitted to any North Dakota local County Social Services office.

If you are to file a paper Application for Assistance – just fill out all required information on the application and mail or turn it in any County Social Services office.

If you do not have all the information that is needed to complete the SNAP application, provide as much as you can – but you must include your name, address, social security number, and your signature for the DHS office to accept it. All required information and its verification can be provided later at the interview or upon request.

If you are eligible, your SNAP Benefits will start from the date the DHS receives your application. However, if you provide more information, it will help DHS determine your eligibility more quickly.

The application process includes an SNAP eligibility interview and information verification. After you have submitted your application, the DHS office will contact you to set up an interview and verify the information on your application. If you are elderly, disabled individual, or unable to go to the office due to a hardship, call the DHS to request your SNAP eligibility interview conducted over the phone.

At the interview, you will meet with a DHS caseworker who will determine if you qualify for benefits, and if you do, determine the amount of monthly benefits. You will also receive information from the caseworker or other staff about job requirements/opportunities and your responsibilities.

Within 30 days of the interview, if eligible, you will receive a notice stating how much food assistance benefit and for how long your household is eligible for before a review of the case is due, along with reporting requirements.

The SNAP benefit amount depends on the household size and its net income – that is all countable income minus all allowable deductions.

If North Dakota DHS finds you eligible for SNAP benefits, you will be entitled to receive food stamps from the date your signed application was received.

North Dakota SNAP applicants also have the option to apply for SNAP benefits online using OASYS – the North Dakota State Online Application System that enables users to apply for Food Assistance, Medical Assistance and Cash Assistance Benefits.


North Dakota SNAP Benefits Approval, Rules, Proofs Required

In addition to filing an application in State of North Dakota, the process to determine your SNAP eligibility includes an interview and information verification.

The North Dakota DHS has a list of examples of documents and information that may be needed at the interview:

  • Proof of Identity / Residence / Citizenship:
    • Identity (Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, Work or School ID, American Indian/Alaskan Native Tribal
      Document, Passport – original documents required if applying for Health Care Coverage)
    • Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)
    • Employment Authorization Card (Form I-668A)
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native Tribal Document
    • Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
    • Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94)
    • Passport
    • Birth Certificate
    • Relationship (Birth Certificate)
    • Residence (Rent Receipts, Utility Bills, Lease)
    • Social Security Numbers (card or proof of application for SSN)
  • Proof of most current income such as:
    • Pay Stubs or Employer Statement
    • Pension/Retirement Benefits
    • Rental Income
    • Self-Employment Income – Federal Income Tax Return
    • Social Security Benefits
    • Spousal Support
    • Supplemental Security Income – SSI
    • Unemployment Benefits
    • Veterans/Military Benefits
    • Workers Compensation
    • Rental Income
    • Lease Income
    • Commissions
    • Child Support
    • Bonuses
  • Proof of most current expenses such as:
    • Heating and Cooling Costs
    • Home Owner’s Insurance
    • House Payment
    • Other Utility Bills
    • Property Taxes
    • Rent – Receipt, Lease Agreement
    • Housing Assistance Contract
    • Telephone Bill
    • Child/Dependent Care
    • Court Ordered Payments
    • Medical and Health Insurance Premiums
  • Proof of the value of current assets such as:
    • Annuities
    • Business Accounts
    • Certificates of Deposit
    • Checking/Savings/Credit Union Accounts
    • IRA/401K/KEOGH plans
    • Life Insurance
    • Real Property (Land, Rental Property, etc.)
    • Savings Bonds
    • Stocks/Bonds/Mutual Funds
    • Trusts

Additional information and proof may be required by your caseworker depending on your application and household situation. In case you are not able to provide all the information during the SNAP application interview, you may be given time to provide the required proof.

Applicants for SNAP benefits in North Dakota should get a response within 30 days from the date they submitted their application to the DHS. When start getting food stamps benefits, households must report any changes of their situation in a set by the agency period of time in order to assure their participation in the North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Under the simplified reporting option, households are required to report changes in income between certification and scheduled reporting periods when total countable income rises above 130% of the poverty level or when work hours change for able‐bodied adults without dependents.

SNAP regulations require all non‐exempt household members to comply with work requirements. Work requirements include registering for work, not voluntarily quitting a job, and accepting a suitable employment offer for all SNAP benefit recipients age 16 through 59 – if they are not exempt. As per federal SNAP guidelines, individuals who fail to comply with SNAP work requirements without good cause, are ineligible for program benefits and disqualified from SNAP for certain periods of time, depending on how many prior instances of non‐compliance there have been.

The law limits the SNAP benefits to 3 months in a 3-year period for all able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 through 49 without dependents, who are not working or participating in a work program for at least 20 hours each week.

As part of the SNAP federal grant assistance requirements, each State has to offer employment and training (E&T) program to its SNAP benefits recipients. Participants in such programs, where available, can get adult education, vocational training, job skills training for specific jobs, and work experience via short-term unpaid work assignments. The main goal of the work requirement is to help the SNAP benefits recipients get jobs, reduce or eliminate their dependency on the government benefits.

Call 1-800-755-2716 if you want to find more about North Dakota Employment and Training Program offered to SNAP recipients.


Approved! When and How Do I Get the SNAP Benefits?

North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides the benefits via the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system. The monetary benefits of the North Dakota SNAP are transferred to the accounts of qualified beneficiaries and are accessible through their North Dakota EBT card. The North Dakota SNAP Benefits are deposited into the recipients accounts each month following the Benefit Issuance Schedule.

Benefits are made available on the first day of every month.

If you have any question regarding your EBT Account or EBT Card call North Dakota EBT Customer Service: 800-630-4655


How and Where to Use the SNAP Benefits?

North Dakota SNAP benefits are provided via the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system. The monetary benefits of the North Dakota SNAP are transferred into the accounts of qualified beneficiaries and are accessible through North Dakota EBT Cards. Households and individuals can use their EBT cards and spend the benefits like cash at any North Dakota grocery stores and farmers’ markets that are authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

Check this list of North Dakota SNAP participating stores that are authorized to take EBT cards for purchasing of SNAP eligible food items. Eligible food items are any food to be eaten at home by people, including baby food, non-alcoholic beverages, and seasonings. Seeds and plants to grow food for your own family’s consumption are also allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits. You cannot buy non-grocery items with food stamp benefits, such as cleaning products, pet food, paper products, alcohol, or tobacco.


I Need Food Assistance Now. It is an Emergency!

Some households may get Expedited Services – that is getting Food Stamp Benefits within 7 calendar days if your household has less than $150 in monthly gross income and liquid resources (cash, checking or savings accounts) of $100 or less; or your rent/mortgage and utilities are more than your household’s combined monthly income and liquid resources; or a member of your household is a migrant or seasonal farm worker. In order to get expedite assistance, if you qualify for it, provide all required information and proof as soon as possible. Call 1-800-755-2716 for more information on North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.