General Assistance Services and Programs

General Assistance Services and Programs



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Caregiver Support

  • Kinship Care
    The Kinship Care Program provides assistance for relative caregivers during the 90-day transition period when a child first moves into the non-parent caregiver's home. The program assists in meeting immediate needs for clothing, shelter, health, safety, and educational supplies.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.

Cash Assistance

  • General Assistance
    General Assistance is a state-funded program designed to provide cash assistance to low-income people who do not qualify for federally funded programs, such as Delaware's A Better Chance (DABC) or Social Security benefits.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" is Delaware's main cash assistance program. Its goal is to give people temporary help until they can get a job.
    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.

Child Support Enforcement

  • DHSS's Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) is a state agency that helps the person caring for a child to collect child support and medical support when one or both parents are out of the home. For current or former public assistance families, there is no charge for DCSE services. For all others, there is a $25.00 one time application fee. To obtain more information about Child Support Enforcement and how to apply for child support, please contact DCSE via the contact information provided on the DCSE website.

Health Services and Medical Assistance

  • Family Planning
    Family Planning offers a wide range of reproductive health services and supplies to both women and men.

    This service is provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid furnishes medical assistance to eligible low-income families and to eligible aged, blind and/or disabled people whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.
  • Screening For Life
    Screening for Life provides payment for cancer screening test to qualified Delaware adults.

    This service is provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.
  • Tuberculosis Elimination Program
    The Tuberculosis Elimination program provides screening, treatment and case management for tuberculosis infection and disease to clients of any age.

    This service is provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.
  • Other Services

    Other health services provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.

Immediate Need/Emergency Services

  • Community Resource and Assistance Services
    Critical needs for financial assistance with utilities, rent, shelter, etc. are addressed by bringing together resources available from faith-based and non-profit organizations.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Emergency Assistance Services
    Emergency assistance services provide funds for utilities, rent, shelter, and other critical needs for eligible low-income persons and families.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Emergency Housing
    Temporary housing is provided for those in need through emergency and transitional shelters.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.

Information and Assistance/Case Coordination

  • Adopt-A-Family
    The Adopt-A-Family Program provides holiday assistance to low-income individuals and families through donated funds. Adopt-A-Family also provides the Adopt-A-Student program, which assists children with school supplies.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Community Services Block Grant
    The Community Services Block Grant provides funding for a number of programs and services targeted to address the causes and conditions of poverty.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Delaware Helpline
    The Delaware Helpline provides toll-free information and referral to needed services.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Eldercare in the Workplace
    The Eldercare in the Workplace program is designed to help Delaware employers and employees understand issues that older people may have and to identify support services within the community. The following services are available through the program: information on eldercare, help with eldercare issues, and speakers to discuss eldercare with employers and employees.

    This service is provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). For a complete list of services provided by DSAAPD, please visit the DSAAPD services page, the DSAAPD website or contact DSAAPD.
  • Family Visitation Centers
    Family Visitation Centers provide safe, neutral settings where children can maintain or re-establish a relationship with a non-custodial parent. The Visitation Centers provide monitored exchanges, supervised visitations and group visitations.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Information and Assistance
    Information and Assistance is a service provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities. Through this program, persons who contact the agency can get information and be directed to appropriate programs, services, activities, events, and other community resources related to aging and disabilities in Delaware. This service is available not only to older persons and adults with physical disabilities, but also to family members, caregivers, service professionals, students, and any other interested persons.

    This service is provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). For a complete list of services provided by DSAAPD, please visit the DSAAPD services page, the DSAAPD website or contact DSAAPD.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
    Assistance with paying the costs of home heating and cooling is provided for eligible low-income individuals and families.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.

Nutrition

  • Community Food and Nutrition Program/Food Closets
    Food is provided to households in need through food closets and mobile pantry programs by member agencies of the Food Bank of Delaware. All state service centers also offer food closets.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Food Stamps
    Food Stamps is a program that enables low-income families to buy a variety of food that is the basis for better nutrition.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.
  • WIC - Women, Infants, and Children
    WIC provides nutrition education and supplemental food vouchers to eligible infants, children, pregnant women and recently delivered women.

    This service is provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.
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