What do I need to do to qualify for General Assistance?

Each applicant is responsible for providing the General Assistance Administrator all information necessary to determine eligibility. This includes information verifying members of the household, documentation of all sources of income received in the household (salary, child support, workers compensation benefits, unemployment, SSI, SSDI, social security, TANF, tax returns, money received from family members, etc.). Additionally, applicants must provide documentation of their expenses for basic necessities (housing, heat, electricity, food, non-food, prescriptions, etc.) and work related expenses (childcare and transportation to work). The administrator will make a determination of eligibility based on the overall maximums allowed by the State and municipality. Clients will receive a decision sheet indicating eligibility or ineligibility. If a household member is available to work, a job search log will be provided and consideration for Workfare.

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1. How can I apply for General Assistance?
2. What should I bring to my interview?
3. What do I need to do to qualify for General Assistance?
4. What can General Assistance assist with?
5. Can the City help me to secure housing?
6. What is Workfare?
7. What do I need to do to be eligible for future assistance?
8. What would cause me to be ineligible or disqualified from the program?
9. How often may I apply for General Assistance?
10. What if I disagree with the General Assistance decision?
11. What are basic needs versus not basic needs (not all inclusive)?