United States Coast Guard - Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Emergency 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.

One of the main purposes of Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is to provide financial assistance to clients caught in emergency, short-term, financial situations beyond their control that endanger personal well being.

An emergency condition is one that arises suddenly, is unforeseen and urgent, and requires immediate attention. Emergency assistance is generally authorized in circumstances that impose a serious financial or personal hardship on the client requiring urgent help to relieve the situation. Certain eligibility and assistance restrictions apply, and are outlined in the CGMA Manual.

Examples of Authorized Emergency Assistance:
  • Basic Living Expenses,
  • Emergency Home Repair,
  • Emergency Travel Expenses,
  • Fire and Other Disasters,
  • Funeral Expenses,
  • Loss of Funds,
  • Temporary Living 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
GenderEither
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 US Coast Guard Stop 7180
Physical Site Address 2 4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 610
Physical Site City, State, Zip Arlington, VA 20598-7180
Mail Attention To Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
Main Phone 703-872-6716
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: Emergency Assistance Program
 
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Armed Forces Civilian Auxiliaries (TM-0480)
Coast Guard Personnel (YN-0500.1500)
Eligible Benefits Applicants (YC-1800)
Military Reserves (YN-5000)
Retired Military (YN-7000)
Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance (NT-8900)
Veterans (YN-9000)