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Jefferson County, Iowa

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Contact Info

Raymond L. Chambers


Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs 9am – 4:30pm

Phone / Fax:

Phone: (641) 472-3013
Fax: (641) 209-6673


County Courthouse
51 East Briggs Ave.
Fairfield, Iowa 52556

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General Assistance Description & Duties

Types of Assistance Available

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.

There are three kinds of assistance in Jefferson County:

  • Emergency assistance for needy persons
  • Assistance for poor persons
  • Assistance for an extended nature

Who Qualifies for General Assistance

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.

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.

Application & Docs 

General Assistance Forms: (click to download/view PDF)

Burial AffidavitDownload
General Assistance ApplicationDownload

Notice: County Courthouse Offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of Memorial Day.

Temporary Polling Location Change: Fairfield 2nd Ward will vote at the County Engineer's Office, 901 N 8th St., Fairfield effective for the June 4, 2024 Primary Election.