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Applying for special social assistance

If you have a low income and it is impossible for you to pay exceptional and unexpected costs, you may be entitled to extra financial support from the municipality. This is called special social assistance (bijzondere bijstand).

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch.

Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch: Applying for special social assistance

Special assistance is for necessary expenses that you cannot pay yourself. Anyone with a low income and low assets can apply for special assistance. This includes people on minimum wage or AOW.

When can you apply for special assistance

  • You are registered in the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch.
  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • You have a low income.
  • Your assets (such as savings, expensive possessions, a car) do not exceed: 
    • € 6,505.00 for single persons.
    • € 13,010.00 for single parents, married couples/cohabitants.
  • Your costs are demonstrable, unforeseen and necessary.
  • You must incur the costs because of special or urgent circumstances.
  • Your costs are not reimbursed in any other way.

Required for the application

The supporting documents we need differ per application. Collect at least the following documents before you start the digital application:

You have a social assistance benefit

  • Notes on costs. Even if you have not yet paid them.

You do not have social assistance benefit

  • Notes on costs. Even if you have not yet paid them.
  • Details of your assets and income, such as a statement of your bank account(s) for the past two months and payslips.

Would you like help with your application?

You can also make an appointment at a Koo district square. There, together with a volunteer, you can enter the application on a computer. You can make an appointment on the Koo website.

Free independent client support is available to give you advice and look at your options. For more information, call the Koo information and advice point: +31 73 206 88 88.

How long does it take

The processing of your application takes a maximum of 8 weeks from the time we receive all documents. You will receive a letter with the decision within 8 weeks.

Further information

For conditions and other information, please contact the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch via telephone or WhatsApp +31 73 - 615 51 55 or send an e-mail via the digital contact form.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch

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Last updated on 21 September 2022