Special assistance and allowances
You may suddenly face large expenses. For instance, if your heating breaks down, or you need new glasses. If your income is so low that you cannot meet these expenses at once, you may be able to get help from your municipal authorities (gemeente) in the form of special assistance (bijzondere bijstand).
Rent benefit and health care benefit
If you rent independent accommodation and are covered by Dutch health insurance, you may qualify for rent benefit or health care benefit. Visit www.toeslagen.nl for information about the conditions for receiving these benefits and instructions on how to apply for them.