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Due to accident, illness, death of the partner, unemployment or too low income, anyone can get into need. Then, under certain conditions, he can receive social assistance.

Social assistance is not charity, but a legally guaranteed right. However, this only applies if the person concerned cannot help himself and no one else helps him. It does not matter what caused him to be in distress.

Social assistance comes in different forms:

  • in the form of money, both as a current monthly payment and as a one-off benefit,
  • as a benefit in kind,
  • as personal help, for example in the procurement of an apartment or a home place,
  • by advising and caring for those seeking help.

Social assistance is granted by local and supra-local social assistance institutions.

Social assistance entitlements are divided into six sub-areas:

  • Assistance for subsistence
  • Basic provision in old age and in the event of reduced earning capacity
  • Aids to health
  • Help with care
  • Assistance to overcome particular social difficulties
  • Help in other situations

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the independent city in which you have your residence.

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the relevant authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

With the exception of the application-dependent benefits of the basic provision in old age and in the event of reduced earning capacity, the assistance generally begins exactly on the day at the time of notification to the social assistance provider that the conditions for the benefits are met. For the rest, please contact the competent authority.


An objection may be lodged against decisions of the competent social assistance institutions within one month of notification.

After completion of the opposition proceedings by means of an objection decision, an action may be brought before the Social Court within one month of notification.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Stadt Hannover - 50 - Fachbereich Soziales
Address: Hamburger Allee 25, 30161 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 168-42472
Fax: +49 511 168-44103
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Data protection information

Stadt Hannover - 18.DSB - Datenschutzbeauftragte/r f. d. Stadtverw. Hannover
Address: Breite Str. 10, 30159 Hannover
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown
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)