Accident, illness, death of the partner, unemployment, lack of or too little income can cause anyone to be in distress. He can then receive social assistance under certain conditions. Social assistance is a legally guaranteed right. However, this only applies if the person concerned cannot help himself and no one else helps him. It doesn't matter what makes him in distress.

Social assistance is available in various forms:

  • in the form of money, both as a current monthly payment and as a one-off benefit.
  • as a benefit in kind
  • as personal help, e.g. in the procurement of an apartment or a home place
  • through advice and support for those seeking help

Social assistance is provided by local institutions (districts and district-free cities) as well as the supra-local social assistance association (Hessen State Welfare Association).

Social assistance is divided into 7 sub-areas. For more information, see the following keywords.

  • Help for a living
  • Basic insurance in old age and in the event of disability
  • Aids for health
  • Integration assistance for disabled people
  • Help for care
  • Help to overcome particular social difficulties
  • Help in other situations of life

Related Links

  • Überörtliche Sozialhilfe
  • Hilfe zur Pflege (Sozialhilfe)
  • Leistungen der Sozialhilfe für die unterschiedlichen Lebenslagen

Social Code XII and Hessian Implementing Law on SGB XII

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