United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: General Assistance Program

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General Information
Description of ServiceCoast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, chiefly through financial counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means.

General Assistance may be provided when unexpected events or expenses cause a serious financial burden and financial need is demonstrated.

CGMA General Assistance differs from CGMA Emergency Assistance because the qualifying circumstance does not immediately endanger personal well being or require urgent help. Certain eligibility and assistance restrictions apply, and are outlined in the CGMA Manual.

Examples of Authorized General Assistance:
  • Adoption,
  • Child Support,
  • Childcare,
  • Family In-Home Day-care Facility,
  • Financial Counseling,
  • Government Travel Cards,
  • Household Furnishings,
  • Immigration Fees,
  • Insurance,
  • Loss of Income,
  • Moving Expenses,
  • Non-Emergency Travel,
  • Non-Support/Inadequate Support,
  • Past Due Bills and Expenses,
  • Pay, Travel & Allotment Problems,
  • Vehicle Repair,
  • Vehicle Other Expenses.
Geographical AreaUnited States - includes all Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
Intake ProcedureCall or contact your local Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Representative
Intake RequirementsAn application for assistance must be completed for each request for assistance. The CGMA Application for Assistance (CGMA Form 5) has been established as the primary document to request assistance from CGMA. This form will be used to request most types of assistance, except as noted below.
Additional RequirementsIn addition to the application form, in most cases a CGMA Budget Form must also be completed. Additional supporting documentation will normally be required when applying for assistance. Applicants are encouraged to review "Applying for Assistance" for additional information.
Helpful TipsTo insure uniformity of treatment and fairness to all clients, certain limitations have been established where assistance is not normally permitted.

CGMA funds will not normally be provided for long-term, continuing or frequent use of assistance for Unauthorized Items listed at website.
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
EligibilityWith only a few exceptions, almost everyone associated with the U.S. Coast Guard is eligible to request assistance from Coast Guard Mutual Assistance on behalf of themselves or their immediate family members.Eligibility under special circumstances may apply in certain situations. Additional eligibility limitations and guidelines specific to each type of assistance may also apply. Eligibility to receive assistance for themselves or on behalf of their immediate family members is generally extended to, U.S. Coast Guard:
  • Active Duty Members
  • Retired Military Personnel
  • Civilian Employees
  • Reserve Members
  • Auxiliary Members
  • PHS Officers and Chaplains
  • CGMA Employees
  • Immediate Family Members
  • Surviving Family Members
Contact Information
Physical Site Address 1 4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 610
Physical Site Address 2 US Coast Guard Stop 7180
Physical Site City, State, Zip Arlington, VA 20598
Mail Attention To Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
Main Phone 703-872-6716
Hotline Phone 800-225-5324
Other Phone 202-282-8495
Service Location Email ARL-DG-CGMA@uscg.mil
Web Address www.cgmahq.org
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: United States Department of Homeland Security
Affiliated Program: United States Coast Guard
This Service: United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: General Assistance Program
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Adoption Expense Assistance (PH-0300.0375)
Appliances (BM-3000.0500)
Armed Forces Civilian Auxiliaries (TM-0480)
Automobile Insurance Payment Assistance (BT-8300.0850)
Automobile Loans (BT-8300.0870)
Automobile Payment Assistance (BT-8300.0900)
Bedding/Linen (BM-3000.1000)
Child Care Expense Assistance (NL-3000.1500)
Coast Guard Personnel (YN-0500.1500)
Electric Service Payment Assistance (BV-8900.9300-180)
Eligible Benefits Applicants (YC-1800)
Family Child Care Homes (PH-1250.2000)
Furniture (BM-3000.2000)
Gas Service Payment Assistance (BV-8900.9300-250)
Immigration Issues (YZ-3350)
Insurance Issues (YZ-3450)
Kitchenware (BM-3000.4000)
Military Reserves (YN-5000)
Moving Expense Assistance (BH-3800.5150)
Personal Financial Counseling (DM-6500)
Retired Military (YN-7000)
Travel Issues (YZ-8570)
Veterans (YN-9000)
Water Service Payment Assistance (BV-8900.9300-950)