Social assistance is a legally guaranteed right for people who, for example, are in need due to a lack of income or due to illness.

Due to accident, illness, death of the partner, unemployment, missing or too low income, everyone can be in need. Then, under certain conditions, he can receive social assistance.

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 does not matter what causes him to be in distress.

Social assistance comes in several forms:

  • in the form of money, both as a current monthly payment and as a one-off benefit,
  • as a benefit in kind,
  • as a personal help, for example in the procurement of an apartment or a place in a home,
  • by advising and supporting those seeking help.

Social assistance is divided into 7 sub-areas:

  • Assistance for subsistence (§§ 27 to 40 SGB XII),
  • Basic security in old age and in the event of reduced earning capacity (§§ 41 to 46 SGB XII),
  • Assistance for health (§§ 47 to 52 SGB XII),
  • Integration assistance for disabled people (§§ 53 to 60 SGB XII),
  • Help for care (§§ 61 to 66 SGB XII),
  • Help to overcome special social difficulties (§§ 67 to 69 SGB XII),
  • Help in other situations (§§ 70 to 74 SGB XII).
  • proof of income,
  • Evidence of encumbrances.

Often further documents are required. Detailed information on this can be obtained from the competent authority.

Social Code (SGB) Twelfth Book (XII) - Social Assistance.

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