Supervisors Consider Ending County GA

OSKALOOSA – General assistance for Mahaska County residents could have to seek assistance with another agency if Mahaska County Supervisors approve a 28E agreement with Sieda. The issue has been tabled, but temporarily.

Counties are required to provide an avenue for assistance based on Iowa Code. According to the Mahaska County web site, “Mahaska 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.

“Mahaska County General Assistance provides emergency payments and/or vouchers to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source. Assistance may be 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.”

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