The number of online applications received by Crow Wing County surged 182 percent in July compared to June.
A total of 96 applications were submitted online in July, compared to 34 in June.
“As the public has become more aware of the convenience of applying online, we’ve seen an increase in the number of such applications,” said Luke Simonett, Employment and Economic Services Division manager.
Applicants can apply online at https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov for health care, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child care assistance, cash assistance, emergency help, breast and cervical cancer and family planning programs. Applicants are given the option to electronically attach verifications to the application before they submit. The application is then sent to a county worker to review. A worker contacts the applicant if additional verifications are needed.
Simonett said phone interviews are available for a number of programs, including SNAP, General Assistance and Minnesota Supplemental Assistance. No interview is needed for health care applications.
The county has also seen a marked increase in the number of phone interviews. In July 292 phone interviews were completed compared to 126 in June, an increase of 132 percent.
“We realize that it’s a hardship for many residents to visit the office in person. Therefore, we will continue to identify ways to simplify the application process,” Simonett said.