Financial Assistance

Responsibilities and Services

This Watonwan County Human Services Financial Assistance unit provides financial support to elderly, disabled and low-income residents of Watonwan County. Eligibility for the program(s) is based on the household's income and assets.  The amount of monthly benefits is based on income and the number of people in the household.  Upon receipt of the application an interview will be scheduled.  The initial month's benefits are based on the date the first page of the application is received by the agency. 

The 2024-2025 County and Tribal National MFIP Biennial Service Agreement is available for public review and comment.  Please contact Financial Assistance Supervisor, Jodi Halvorson, by phone at (507) 375-7811 or email if you would like a copy.

Public Assistance Programs

How To Apply

To request an application, you can call our office at (507) 375-3294 or stop in our office at 715 2nd Ave South in St. James or apply online at MNBenefits.


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Report Fraud

Watonwan County is committed to ensuring the programs we administer are providing benefits to people who are eligible to receive them.  Anyone who suspects public assistance fraud can report it anonymously by calling our agency at (507) 375-3294.

Minnesota Health Care Programs

Minnesota offers several health care programs to people who qualify.  Health Care programs pay for medical care for very low-income people.  Eligibility for the program(s) is based on income and assets.

To obtain an application for medical programs, you may contact Watonwan County Human Services, or view and download an application from the links below or apply online at MNsure.  When you apply, you will be required to fill out an application and may be asked for proof of the information you provide.


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  1. Jodi Halvorson

    Financial Assistance Supervisor

  2. Physical Address
    715 Second Avenue S.
    St. James, MN 56081


    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 31
    St. James, MN 56081

    Fax: 507-375-7359


    Monday through Friday

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.