Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. Bridge to Benefits



Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project funded by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota. Launched in Minnesota in 2007, it now also operates in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Its goal is to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work-support programs and tax credits. Users can identify programs for which they may be eligible by visiting the Bridge to Benefits homepage and clicking on their state to access the eligibility screening tool. While anyone can visit the website, use the screen, and find information on and applications for the various programs, they can also take advantage of Bridge to Benefits’ partnerships with community organizations (77 in Minnesota as of 2009) that use the website to screen their clients. Other community organizations (16 in Minnesota as of 2009) serve as application assistance partners. These organizations agree both to accept email referrals via the Bridge to Benefits website from the screening organizations and to follow up with families who need help completing the applications for one or more programs.

Key benefit programs

SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP, WIC, LIHEAP, EITC, school meal programs, federal child care assistance

Other benefit programs

Voter registration

Key technological components

Online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

Outreach conducted by for-profit or nonprofit partners; application assistance

Target population

General low-income population

Geographic reach

Multiple states

State/s (abbreviation)


Locality (cities or counties)


Selected sources of information 


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