You must be a U.S. citizen or a qualifying non-citizen to get General Assistance (GA). A qualifying non-citizen is any of the following:
- U.S. Veteran honorably discharged or service member on active duty;
- A spouse or unmarried dependent of a U.S. Veteran or service member on active duty;
- Lawful Permanent Resident who came to the U.S. before August 22, 1996 or who entered after August 22, 1996 and has been in the U.S. for 5 years;
- Refugee, asylee, parolee, conditional entrant or a person whose deportation is being withheld;
- Member of certain Indian tribes and an American Indian born in Canada;
- Amerasian and close family members admitted to the U.S. beginning March 20, 1988;
- Cuban or Haitian national admitted before April 21, 1980; and
- Hmong or Highland Laotian tribe member legally residing in the U.S. who helped U.S. personnel during the Vietnam era.
The following non-citizens also qualify for GA under the General Assistance Handbook:
- Abused spouses, widows or children of a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident who no longer live with abuser or plan to live separately within one month of receipt of assistance and whose need for assistance is due, at least in part, to the abuse; and
- Victims of human trafficking.