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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.

Income Guidelines for the General Assistance Program 150% of Poverty

Persons in
Family Unit
 Gross Annual
 Gross Monthly
1 $18, 735 $1,561.25
2  $25,365  $2,113.75
3 $31,995 $2,666.25
4 $38,625 $3,218.75
5 $45,255 $3,771.25
6 $51,885 $4,323.75
7 $58,515 $4,876.25
8 $65,145 $5,428.75
Each Additional Person  $552.50


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.