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Help to overcome particular social difficulties

Particular social difficulties arise from the combination of special living conditions with social difficulties which cannot be dealt with independently by the persons concerned.

Special living conditions may be (according to Section 1 (2) of the Ordinance pursuant to Section 69 SGB XII):

  • an unsecured economic basis of life,
  • non-existent housing or inadequate housing,
  • violent living conditions,
  • dismissal from a closed facility,
  • comparable adverse living conditions.

The aim of the aid is to enable affected persons to cope independently in their daily lives according to their possibilities and to enable integration into society.

People who have been in such difficult living conditions with particular social difficulties are entitled to this assistance that they cannot overcome it on their own. The particularly difficult living conditions or social difficulties must be clearly distinguished from the general life crises such as unemployment, illness, marital divisions and the like by a particular degree of severity.

The benefits of assistance to overcome particular social difficulties are subordinate diswelled with the benefits of other social security institutions/rehabilitation providers and other provisions of SGB XII (social assistance), insofar as they fully meet the needs.

In the case of aid for overcoming particular social difficulties, the imputation of income and assets is waived in the event that services are required in individual cases, in contrast to the principle of the subordinatement of social assistance.

The assistance includes all the necessary measures to eliminate the particular difficulties that prevent integration into society. These include, in particular:

  • Advice and personal care for those seeking help and for their relatives,
  • Help in the procurement of an apartment,
  • measures to obtain a job and
  • Helping to cope with everyday life.

The above services are provided in particular by outpatient assistance offers, such as

  • Day stays,
  • outpatient aids
  • Temporary housing and - insofar as these outpatient measures are not sufficient - through inpatient housing.

Who should I contact?

Requests for assistance to overcome special social difficulties, please submit to the social office of the district or the county-free city in whose district you live and/or are cared for.

Persons who live and/or are looked after in the cities of Celle, Göttingen, Hannover, Hildesheim, Lingen/ Ems, the state capital of Hanover or the Hanseatic city of Lüneburg, please submit the applications to the social offices of these cities, whose addresses you can also find via the stored link.

Insofar as you belong to the entitled group of persons under SGB II, please secure your rights in this regard, which precede social assistance, by applying for immediate employment - in particular the benefits for securing a living.

If you need further information or help, the receiving institution or service will also be happy to provide you with comprehensive information and support.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Soziales

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Point of contact:
Helmut Möller
Telephone: 05931 44-2275
Fax: 05931 44-392275
F 275
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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