Emergency / General Assistance

Money for emergency assistance and basic living needs

The Douglas County General Assistance Program is intended to help with the one-time emergency need to address issues of health, safety and/or well-being.  To be eligible for this help, applicants must show how they can meet their future expenses.

Individuals and families may be eligible for assistance for:

  • Rent or mortgage if you have an eviction notice
  • Motel costs if you are homeless
  • Utility bills if you have a shut-off or disconnect notice
  • Burials if the individual is not on one of the qualified assistance programs
  • Prescriptions

The individual or family’s income must be below the gross income level (before taxes) for their household size.

2020 Income Guidelines for the General Assistance Program 150% of Poverty

Persons in
Family Unit
 Gross Annual
 Gross Monthly
1 $19,140 $1,595
2  $25,860  $2,155
3 $32,580 $2,715
4 $39,300 $3,275
5 $46,020 $3,835
6 $52,740 $4,935
7 $59,460 $4,955
8 $66,180 $5,515
Each Additional Person  $6,720 $560


To apply you must complete an Application for Emergency Assistance, meet with a member of our staff to review your application and satisfy any additional requirements.

If you need help with rent or utilities, you will be required to turn in a copy of the eviction notice or utility shutoff notice.  A copy of your photo I.D. and a current pay stub will also be required.   Additional information may be requested.