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Emergency Assistance Services

Emergency Assistance funds for rent, utilities and emergency shelter are provided for eligible low-income persons in order to help to maintain self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness.

The purpose of Emergency Assistance is to avoid, eliminate or alleviate an emergency condition caused by an unforeseen circumstance resulting in a situation that calls for immediate action.

To be eligible:

  • an individual or family must be able to maintain after the crisis is alleviated
  • an individual or family must receive or be eligible for Cash Assistance (TANF, GA, SSI) or Certain Medicaid programs
  • The emergency must have been the result of an unforeseen circumstance or a combination of circumstances that are beyond the recipients control.

Other factors may apply. To see if you are eligible contact a State Service Center or send us an e-mail at with inquiries.