The local welfare assistance scheme for York is called the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS). It can provide 2 types of assistance: 

  • Emergency Assistance to help with a disaster or crisis
  • Community Assistance to help you to return to or to remain in the community or to help ease pressure on families, for example by providing help to attend a funeral or with visiting a relative who is ill.

For more information see the City of York Council website, which includes links to the YFAS factsheet and the YFAS criteria.

How to apply

You can apply online, download the application form or apply by phone. The phone number is on the website.