The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is extending the temporarily eased eligibility criteria for “Seoul-type Urgent Welfare” until the end of the year.
Seoul-type Urgent Welfare is a policy to support low-income households in crisis due to accidents, unemployment, or temporary/permanent closure of business by providing up to KRW 3 million (for four-person households) as living, medical, and housing expenses.
Starting last July, the SMG eased the eligibility criteria for Seoul-type Urgent Welfare to support households in crisis due to COVID-19. Any household that satisfies the eased eligibility criteria can receive up to KRW 3 million. Households in crisis that are newly included in the beneficiary list will be supported, and households that have been supported through the same policy can be supported for an additional one year if they meet the eligibility criteria.
The SMG decided to extend the period of its eased eligibility criteria for Seoul-type Urgent Welfare as it predicts that the crisis will only continue if people have no income due to unemployment (e.g. closure of business) and workers in special employment, such as freelancers, visiting tutors, door-to-door vendors, suffer financial hardship with the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the SMG will concentrate its support for the vulnerable who are holding a double-edged sword owing to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19 and the sweltering heat of summer with medical expenses, utility bills, and cooling items.
Application for Seoul-type Urgent Welfare is available at local community service centers.