Indigent Services

Office Overview

The Indigent Services department assists Blaine County residents with the payment of some necessary expenses. Assistance from Blaine County is required to be “a last resort".

Requirements

Before assistance can be provided, however, certain requirements will have to be met and the applicant must appear for an interview. Applicants must be prepared to provide personal information regarding living situation, income, assets of all types, insurance, resources, expenses, and any other documentation required to determine eligibility. 

Once this information has been gathered, a thorough investigation will be conducted to substantiate the data.  A recommendation will be made to the Board of County Commissioners for approval or denial. Any approvals will also include an order to reimburse the county and the applicant will be required to sign a reimbursement agreement.

Important Information

If federal, state or other programs of assistance are available to meet the needs of a household, an eligible applicant must apply for those programs before the county may provide non-medical assistance. If denied such other assistance, the applicant must pursue available administrative appeals for those programs to the final administrative level.

If an applicant files an application for assistance and withholds or gives false or incomplete information in order to get assistance from the County that he/she is not entitled to, that person could be found guilty of a Misdemeanor.

US Residency Status

  • For a non-medical application we do not ask about your residency status.  

Application

  • Assistance Application - To apply for assistance with rent, utilities, or cremation.  Please Note: An application for cremation must be filed prior to the cremation being performed.
    •   Before using this form to apply for utilities assistance please find more information here.

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