General Assistance

General Assistance provides temporary assistance with basic and special needs. The program serves individuals and families who are at risk due to a temporary crisis and/or a mental or physical disability.

Typically the program may only be used once per calendar year. If already used within the year, an individual can obtain a Notice of Decision declination letter from General Assistance and a list of community resources which may be able to assist with the individual’s need.


2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, USA

Phone 515-286-3434

The Polk County Department of Community, Family & Youth Services manages and provides a variety of direct and purchased services for families and individuals in all age groups.

  • River Place Food Pantry
  • Crisis and Advocacy Services
  • General Assistance
  • Family Enrichment Center


Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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