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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 Zaanstad.

Municipality of Zaanstad: Applying for special social assistance

Special assistance is compensation for extra costs that you have to incur due to special circumstances and that you cannot pay yourself. Special assistance can (partially) reimburse these costs. Special assistance must (if possible) be requested before the costs are incurred. Medical costs are only eligible for reimbursement from special assistance in a few cases. In order to be reimbursed as much as possible for medical costs, you can participate in collective health insurance.

Please note: you can apply for bijzondere bijstand (special social assistance) only if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Zaanstad

Last updated on 21 September 2022