Financial Resources


*IMPORTANT REMINDER: All of your DECC tax documents and pay stubs can be accessed via Paycom (online or through the app). Log in to your employee account using your username, password, and last 4 of your social security number, then select “Payroll’. From there you can select ‘View Paystubs’ or ‘Year-End Tax Forms’.

MN Unemployment 

  • If your hours have been reduced due to the coronavirus, please be sure to select that as the reason for separation on your MN unemployment application.
  • It is important that you complete the information as accurately as possible. The state will then determine whether or not you are eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • For the state to determine your eligibility, you will need to have earned a total of $3,000.00 (gross total) within your base period, which is the first 4 of the last 5 completed quarters. This can be from your employment at the DECC or a combination of the DECC and other employers.
  • You will also need to have been working the last 12-15 months.
  • For more detailed information, you can visit their website at

The online Applicant Self-Service System is the fastest way to apply for benefits and manage your account. This system is available online using the steps below (or by phone at 1-877-898-9090 Monday – Friday, 6am to 6pm).

  • Click here to apply for benefits
  • Click Applicant.
    • Under I Need to…, click Apply for Benefits.
    • On the Login page under New Applicant, enter your Social Security number and click Start.
    • For answers to typical questions about Minnesota Unemployment Insurance benefits or to learn more about specific topic areas listed, click the relevant link. Otherwise, click Start the Unemployment Benefit Application. Complete the information requested on each page.
    • At the end of the application, you will be asked to review the information you entered and make changes before submitting your application.
    • Click Submit the Unemployment Benefit Application.
    • A confirmation page displays showing you have successfully submitted your application.



St. Louis County Assistance Programs

St. Louis County administers several programs to supplement household income and provide food support. The type of assistance people receive depends on their life circumstances, family size and type, and other factors. One application can be used for all cash and food programs, financial workers will determine for which programs you are eligible.

  • Click here to apply online.You may also call the Duluth agency at 218-726-2101 to have an application mailed to you instead.
  • The programs they will determine your eligibility* for are as follows:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)
      The Supplemental Nutrition Program, also known as SNAP or Food Stamps, is a federal program that helps citizens with low income get the food they need. The program issues electronic food support benefits that can help stretch a household’s food budget. 
    • Emergency Assistance
      Emergency assistance is a cash program that helps resolve personal financial crises related to housing, such as evictions, utility shutoffs, and deposit assistance. 
    • Family Cash Assistance (MFIP/DWP)
      Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Diversionary Work Program (DWP) are the Minnesota versions of the federal Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF). These are cash programs for families with children or pregnant women. Both programs include an employment services component. 
    • General Assistance (GA)
      General Assistance provides cash assistance for single adults without children who have a serious illness, disability or other issue that limits their ability to work. 
    • Housing Support (GRH)
      The Housing Support program pays for room and board for seniors and adults with disabilities. Expenses can include rent, utilities, food, household supplies and other necessities.
    • Supplemental Assistance (MSA)
      Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is an income supplement for people who receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, or who could get SSI if their income was not above the SSI limit. The monthly benefit may also cover special needs payments for people who qualify. Special needs payments may be provided for medically prescribed diets, guardian or conservator fees, some home repairs or replacement of household furniture and appliances, and some high housing costs. 

*Please note that certain income, asset, and other criteria as set by the state and/or county will apply.



Sand Creek EAP

At some point we all face challenges that impact our well-being.  Sand Creek EAP is here to help!  You (and your family) have access to free and confidential professional consulting, coaching, and counseling services for these and many other challenges:

  • Questions and support during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Chemical dependency
  • Conflict resolution
  • Coping with stress
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges
  • Elder care or childcare
  • Financial troubles
  • Grief and loss or change
  • Legal concerns
  • Parenting support
  • Relationship concerns
  • Work or career concerns

→ They also offer services to help find child and elder care, online webinars, health updates, and much more
CLICK HERE to visit their website and log in/create an account using our company code: duluthECC
→ If you prefer phone, contact a counselor directly at 888-243-5744




Ready to make a change and take control of your money? It won’t happen overnight, but you can do it! Now, more than ever, we need to have a plan for our financial future. Most people have no clue where to start. But SmartDollar gives us all the tools we need to get started— and it’s free for all DECC employees.

• Videos and tools to walk you through setting a plan for your finances
• If you are struggling, they help teach you how to set your 4 walls in budgeting (food, utilities, shelter, transportation), before doing anything else
• Your budget may not look the way you want it right now (and for some of us, it’s even kind of scary), but setting a plan can help ease some of the stress
CLICK HERE to log in or create an account and get started




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