Marion County General Assistance provides emergency payment vouchers to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source.


  Marion County, Iowa - General Assistance

What is General Assistance

Marion County General Assistance shall be provided to residents of this county as mandated by the Code of Iowa, Section 252.25. The purpose and policy of such provisions of relief where appropriate, is to direct the applicant in removing barriers to self-sufficiency and economic self-support to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency.


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Who Qualifies for General Assistance

Marion County General Assistance provides emergency payment vouchers to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source. Assistance is provided to an individual that has income or benefits delayed from a state/federal program or not actually received because of reasons not attributable to the person, and who does not have liquid assets of the family unit to pay for the items of assistance that can be provided.

To qualify a person must:

Be a resident of Marion County
Be at least 18 years of age
Meet current income and resource guidelines

If you are a veteran who served during designated war time years with an honorable discharge you must apply at Marion County Veteran's Affairs Click here to go to the Veteran's Affairs page.

Types of Assistance Available

There are three kinds of assistance in Marion County

Emergency assistance for needy persons,
Assistance for poor persons,
Assistance for an extended nature.

How to Apply

Please call 641-828-2238 Ext. 0 to make an appointment.

List of Information to bring to your appointment.

PLEASE BE ADVISED Funding may not always be available due to County budget constraints.

Department Head Name:
 Kim Dorn [email protected]

Address of General Assistance office:

2003 N. Lincoln St.
Knoxville Iowa 50138


Hours Office is open:

Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.



Phone Number:
(641) 828-2238

FAX Number:
(641) 842-3442


General Assistance Forms:

Downloadable forms used in the General Assistance office



General Assistance Links:


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