General Assistance & General Relief Program Info (Single Adult Low Income Cash Assistance)
General Assistance (GA) is like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
However, unlike TANF, you do not have to be the parent or guardian of a minor child.
GA it is short-term cash assistance for low income adults who do not have minor children (Single Adults).
In the relatively few states where General Assistance programs exist, it is referred to alternately as General Relief (GR) or General Relief Assistance (GRA).
Regardless of the name of the program, it still has a basic premise - to provide cash assistance, and sometimes other benefits, to adults who do not have children.
As I alluded to above, the program is very limited and only available in certain states.
Even in states where the single adult cash assistance program is available, it still may not be available in all counties.
In most states where General Assistance is available, it is further limited by the availability of funds - In some instances, when the money runs out, applications are no longer accepted.
In some places, General Relief benefits cover medical and dental expenses (like Medicaid), and it may also be combined with the Food Stamp Program, or SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance).
The following links will take you to General assistance applications, and eligibility information for the states and counties that participate in the program.
Other states, and/or counties may operate GA/GR programs, but these are the ones in which I am aware.
As this page is designed to be a living document, I will update the page with new information as it becomes available.
- California General Assistance or General Relief
- State of Alaska | General Relief Assistance
Home of the Alaska Division of Public Assistance website.
- Minnesota General Assistance Program
- Delaware County, Iowa General Relief Main Page
Delaware County General Assistance provides emergency payment vouchers to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source.
- New Jersey Department of Human Services | General Assistance (WorkFirst NJ)
- Henry County, Iowa - General Assistance
Henry County General Assistance provides funding assistance for rent, utilities, indigent burial, limited medical & limited transportation needs.
- Cedar County, Iowa General Assistance
Cedar County, Iowa General Assistance shall be provided to residents of Cedar county as mandated by the Code of Iowa, Section 252.25.
- Decatur County Iowa General Assistance Office
Decatur County Iowa General Assistance provides emergency assistance to needy and poor people who are ineligible for, or are in immediate need and are awaiting approval and receipt of, assistance under programs provided for by State or Federal Law, o
- Madison County, Iowa General Relief Main Page
Madison County, Iowa general assistance is administered by the County Community Services office.
- Jackson County, Iowa General Assistance Main Page
Jackson County General Assistance shall be provided to residents of this county as mandated by the Code of Iowa, Section 252.25.
- Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services
- Page County, Iowa General Assistance Main Page
Page County General Assistance shall be provided to residents of this county as mandated by the Code of Iowa, Section 252.25.
- Iowa County, Iowa General Assistance Main Page
Iowa County provides temporary financial assistants to residents in need of help with rent, utilities, burial expense, food and other expenses of daily living.
- Linn County Iowa General Assistancehttp://www.co.iowa.ia.us/offices/genrelief/index.htm
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