General Assistance provides temporary assistance with basic and special needs to eligible Polk County residents. Individuals and families who are at risk due to a temporary crisis and/or a mental or physical incapacity and who meet income guidelines may be assisted.
WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU WITH:
Basic Needs- Food, Rental Assistance, Household/Personal Items, Utility Payments
Special Needs- Clothing, Furniture, Health Supplies, Traveler's Aid
Property Tax Assistance- For information on property tax assistance programs call 286-3133.
Cremation- To apply for financial assistance for cremation, bring a completed application to our office or call 286-2088 for further information.
WE ASSESS AN APPLICANT'S NEED BASED ON:
Polk County Residency
If you are a veteran please contact Veteran Affairs @ 515.286.3670.
Application for General Assistance (Online)
Application for General Assistance (Printable)
Appeal Form (Online)
Medical Incapacity Statement