Emergency/General Assistance (EA/GA)

EA/GA can help you meet your emergency basic needs.

This could include:

  • Personal needs and incidentals
  • Housing, fuel & utilities
  • Medical, dental, prescriptions, medical supplies/equipment
  • Burial costs

To be eligible

You must:

  • Have an emergency need
  • Not have the income or resources to meet that need

How to apply

Visit your local district office.

How benefits are paid

Directly to vendors, except for personal need items. These are paid on EBT cards.


Emergency Housing During the Winter

Each November, we post procedures for approving emergency housing during cold weather or adverse weather conditions.

This winter, due to COVID-19, our program requirements are:

  • Less strict, and
  • Not dependent on the weather.

If you are homeless and need housing:

  • Call 1-800-479-6151 during regular business hours, or
  • Dial 2-1-1 after hours and on weekends