What is General Assistance
Jefferson County General Assistance shall be provided to residents of this county as mandated by the Code of Iowa, Section 252.25. The purpose and policy of such provisions of relief where appropriate, is to direct the applicant in removing barriers to self-sufficiency and economic self-support to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency.
Who Qualifies for General Assistance
Jefferson County General Assistance provides emergency payments and/or vouchers to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source. Assistance may be provided to an individual that has income or benefits delayed from a state/federal program or not actually received because of reasons not attributable to the person, and who does not have liquid assets of the family unit to pay for the items of assistance that can be provided.
Types of Assistance Available
There are three kinds of assistance in Jefferson County:
Emergency assistance for needy persons,
Assistance for poor persons,
Assistance for an extended nature.
How to Apply
General Assistance Forms: (Click to see a PDF)
Appointments are requested. The office manages several other functions within the County, therefore is sometimes unavailable. If you are not able to print an application Please call or Email to request an application be mailed to you. When you come to the appointment bring the requested required documents.
PLEASE BE ADVISED… Funding may not always be available due to County budget constraints.
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