We are now open for walk-ins in all offices; Drivers license and Passports(located in Recorders Office) still appointment only. 

To schedule drivers license appointments online please go here

Tue, Oct 19, 2021
Benton County Iowa

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General Assistance

Benton County Emergency Assistance

Chapter 251 Code of Iowa – Emergency Relief Administration
Chapter 252 Code of Iowa – Support of the Poor

Settlement: According to code 252.16 - Must reside in the county for a period of one
year, with the exception of other situations described in the Code of Iowa.

Benton County General Assistance provides assistance to needy and poor people in need of immediate assistance or people who cannot obtain assistance from any other source.

  • Applicants must meet financial guidelines established by the Benton County Board of Supervisors and have applied for all other means of assistance.
  • Proof of income for all household members.


  • Rent
    Do not pay deposits
  • Utilities
    Do not pay deposits
    Must be in applicant's name
  • Burial/Cremation

Download General Assistance application here.
Download Burial/Cremation application here.

To schedule an appointment or have questions, please contact: Sarah Wagner at (319) 472-4743, ext 2.
Located at the Benton County Service Center, 811 D Ave Ste 33, Vinton, IA 52349

Websites to apply for affordable healthcare coverage
HealthCare.gov or 1-800-318-2596
(includes Iowa Health and Wellness Plan and insurance exchange options)

Department of Human Services
(Self service portal)

A federal government website managed and paid for by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

SHIIP: 319-472-2544
For help understanding Medicare