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Emergency/General Assistance

A program that can help with your emergency basic needs.

Who Is Eligible

To be eligible, you must:

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

If Your Application Is Approved

The program can help with:

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

How To Apply

Visit your local district office to apply.

How Benefits Are Paid

Benefits are paid directly to vendors — except for personal need items, which are paid on EBT cards.


Starting November 15, 2023, eligibility for temporary shelter through GA/EA Emergency Assistance will be relaxed during adverse weather conditions (AWC).

See the March 13, 2024, Housing Update.