Bridge to Benefits
The Bridge to Benefits (B2B) website is a one-stop shop for finding out information on public programs and tax credits, along with tips on how to apply. The site also includes a tool that screens for eligibility for Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, the Advanced Premium Tax Credits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, School Meal Program, WIC, Energy Assistance Program, Child Care Assistance Program, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Working Family Tax Credit. Any family can use the screening tool on their own to find out the programs for which they may be eligible. However, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota has found that intersecting with families at the places they may go for help is a more effective way to reach them. CDF-MN partners with community-based organizations to integrate B2B screenings into their work with clients. These organizations include food shelves, free tax sites, Community Action Programs, schools, clinics, and other safety net organizations. Currently, close to 400 organizations partner with CDF-MN in using the B2B screening tool.
Become a Bridge to Benefits Partner
Offering Bridge to Benefits (B2B) screenings to clients provides organizations with a number of advantages.
Screenings are quick and easy (taking less than 5 minutes to complete) and the information on the site is constantly updated so organizations can be assured that the information they provide their clients is correct. In addition, B2B provides an email referral option that allows organizations that use the screening tool to refer their clients to other community organizations that provide one-on-one application assistance.
B2B also offers a data collecting/report function that allows organizations to track the number of families screened and the percent eligible for each program. In 2014, nearly 37,000 families were screened on B2B, which included more than 105,000 family members. Nearly 60 percent of families screened were eligible (and interested) for at least one program on the site.
If you're interested in becoming a B2B partner, see more information here.
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