Apply for social assistance

Service Description

As a rule, you receive assistance for living as a social welfare benefit if you are in need of assistance and are not or no longer able to work:

  • Neither the basic security for job seekers (Hartz IV),
  • nor the basic income support in old age and in case of reduced earning capacity.

Children under the age of 15 receive social assistance if they:

  • Live together with persons who receive assistance for living (usually with parents) and
  • are unable to secure their livelihood despite being entitled to maintenance.

The benefits are intended to ensure the basic needs of daily life, such as food, adequate housing, daily living needs, heating and household energy. These needs are covered by the standard rates, with the exception of accommodation and heating costs. These also include portions for household goods and clothing.
Individual allowances going beyond this are only considered to a limited extent.

The benefits of the assistance for subsistence include:

  • the lump-sum standard rate to ensure subsistence, for example, for food, clothing or personal hygiene. If parents or one parent live together with their child or children in an apartment, a separate standard rate is set for each family member. This amounts in 2019 for:
    • Adults: EUR 424.00,
    • Spouse, cohabiting partner, partner in a consensual union: EUR 382.00,
    • Children under 6 years of age: EUR 245.00,
    • Children aged 6 to under 14 years: EUR 302.00 and
    • Adolescents aged 14 to under 18 years: EUR 322.00.
  • Education and participation benefits for children and young people, for example for:
    • School trips,
    • personal school supplies,
    • school tickets,
    • supplementary learning support,
    • school lunches or
    • club fees, music lessons and the like.
  • Needs for accommodation and heating in the amount of your actual rent and heating costs.
  • In exceptional cases, assumption of debts to:
    • Avoidance of homelessness,
    • to secure your accommodation or
    • to remedy a comparable emergency, e.g. debts to the energy supplier.
  • Needs for contributions to your health and long-term care insurance and, under certain conditions, for your old-age provision.

In addition to your standard rate, you can receive benefits for additional living needs. You can apply for these additional needs if you:

  • Have reached your retirement age and meet the requirements for a severely disabled person's ID card with the mark "G" (walking disability),
  • have not yet reached retirement age, but meet the requirements for a severely disabled person's ID card with the mark "G" and are unable to work according to pension law,
  • are a mother-to-be from the 13th week of pregnancy,
  • are a single parent,
  • have reached the age of 15, are disabled and receive assistance for appropriate schooling or training within the framework of integration assistance, or
  • are dependent on a special diet due to a serious illness, which leads to higher costs than a "normal" diet.

If you do not live alone, the Social Welfare Office will include the entire family income to determine your need for assistance. For this purpose, the income of all family members living together in one home is taken into account, for example:

  • Earned income,
  • alimony and
  • pension income.

Child benefit paid for minors as well as any child support payments for a child are to be attributed to this child in order to cover his or her needs.

Certain assets are considered to be exempt assets not to be taken into account, for example:

  • Small amounts of cash (financial assets per adult: EUR 5,000) or
  • an appropriate house property.

These are not included in the calculation of benefits.

Except in a few exceptional cases, you will not receive benefits for past periods.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Landratsamt Saale-Holzland-Kreis - Sozialamt

Schulgasse 15
07607 Eisenberg

Postal address
Post office box 1310
07602 Eisenberg
036691 70-632
036691 70-750
Opening times

Different office hours social welfare

Monday by appointment
Tuesday 8.30-12.00 13.30-15.30
Thursday 8.30-12.00 13.30-17.30
Friday by prior arrangement

Appointments can also be made outside the above-mentioned office hours if necessary.

Transport connection
Parking spaces
Parking Place
Number: 2
Fees: no

Handicapped Parking Place
Number: 1
Fees: no