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Brown County Browser: Financial assistance programs available through Human Services

The Income Maintenance Department (otherwise known as the financial assistance unit) is located in the Brown County Human Services Building at 1117 Center Street in New Ulm. The unit helps members of our community access a variety of programs. We serve people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly provided they meet program requirements.

Programs include SNAP (food support), cash assistance, medical assistance, emergency assistance, childcare assistance program, and licensing for family daycare homes. A medical assistance application can be completed online or paper applications are available in office or one can be mailed if requested. Assistance is available to complete a paper application by calling our office to set up an appointment or you can use a navigator to have help applying online. New Ulm Medical Center has navigators who can assist you with this process by setting up an appointment with them by calling 217-5756 or toll free at 1-800-795-1211, extension 75756 between 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday.

The Income Maintenance Unit is available normal business days from 8 a.m. until the office closes at 4:30 pm. An Eligibility Worker is assigned daily to assist people coming into our office. Wait time varies according to the amount of traffic on a specific day. We are open over the noon hour to allow easy access to our services.

On the first and third Tuesdays of each month we are in our outreach offices in Sleepy Eye and Springfield. We are at the Community Center in Springfield from 10 a.m. til noon, and then in the Sleepy Eye extension office we are available from 1-2:30 p.m. For the months of July and August, we will be seeing people in the outreach offices by appointment only. Please call our office to schedule an appointment during this time.

Our team consists of 11 Eligibility Workers, 2 Childcare Assistance/Licensing Workers, 1 Case Aide/Transportation Coordinator, 1 Collections/Fraud Investigator and a Unit Supervisor.

Please visit our Brown County website at: www.co.brown.mn.us for additional details on programs including basic program information, eligibility criteria, benefit information along with ways to apply for assistance. Simply go to Departments, Human Services, click on the Financial Assistance button on the upper right hand side of the page.

Absentee ballot applications sent out

All registered voters in New Ulm, Sleepy Eye and Springfield should have received an absentee ballot application which provides an OPTION for voters to vote from the safety of their home. All polling places in these cities are planning to be open for voters to cast their ballot.

Voters may receive multiple applications from different sources. We only need one application to be returned to our office to receive your ballot by mail. Any resident 18 years of age or older who did not receive a letter regarding voting absentee may want to check to see if their registration is current. Voters can go online at www.mnvotes.org and select Register to Vote. There is a link to ‘Check My Registration’ on that web page.

Traditionally, Brown County has one of the highest number of voters that cast a ballot, so we know it truly is a right that our voters cherish and our job at the elections office is to preserve that right and make voting accessible for all!

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