Social & Basic welfare
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Here you will find support services on the topics of social assistance & basic income support. There are three basic security benefits: Citizen's benefits if you can work more than 3 hours a day, basic income support in old age and in the event of reduced earning capacity if you have reached retirement age or are fully disabled and assistance with living expenses if the reduced earning capacity is not permanent. In addition, there are other supplementary benefits, for example in relation to housing, mobility, leisure activities and education and participation for children and young people.
Services for Social & Basic Welfare
Cost-of-living assistance (Hilfe zum Lebensunterhalt)
After a serious illness such as long Covid, it can take a long time before you are sufficiently recovered to be able to work normally. If you are unable to work for 3 hours a day, you will be supported by the assistance for living expenses until you feel better again.
Basic welfare for the elderly and people with reduced earnings capacity
Are you receiving your pension but don’t have enough money to get by? Or are you younger but unable to work for health-related reasons? If so, you may be entitled to claim basic financial welfare for the elderly and people with reduced earnings capacity.
If you receive assistance with living expenses or basic income support in old age and in the event of reduced earning capacity, you may be entitled to this benefit - for example, if you need maternity clothes. You can find more information here.
Social housing eligibility certificate (Wohnberechtigungsschein)
If you are on a low income and are looking for social housing, you can apply for a social housing eligibility certificate (Wohnberechtigungsschein or WBS). Here you can find out what the requirements for a social housing eligibility certificate are and where you can apply for one.
Assumption of Rent Arrears
If you fall into arrears on your rent and are therefore at risk of losing your home, social services or the Jobcenter may be able to assume your rent arrears under certain circumstances. This service is usually provided in the form of a loan.
Education and Participation
In Germany, children, teens and young adults are supposed to have equal opportunities. Education and participation in social and cultural activities are important factors in ensuring equal opportunity. For this reason, the state provides benefits to support education and participation. This is also known as the education and participation package.
Apply for benefits online.
Help in all situations.
Unemployment & Job Search
Don’t have enough money to cover your living costs? Are you able and willing to work, but currently unable to find a job? Or do you have a small income, which is not enough? If any of this currently applies to you, you will find the appropriate assistance on this page.
Are you employed, but your income isn’t enough to rent a suitable flat? Or do you receive unemployment benefit, but it isn’t enough to cover the rent? If this currently applies to you, you will find the appropriate help on this page.
Vocational Training & Studies
Would you like to study or do vocational training and need financial support? Then you can apply for various financial aids. On this page you will find the appropriate offers of help.
Family & Children
Do you have one or more children and would like to know how you can apply for support to finance their education or your living expenses? Then you will find all the information and the right help on this page.
Migration & Asylum
Have you come to Germany from a non-EU country or a third country and now need help to finance your living expenses? If so, this page contains full information and all the help you need.