You must apply for the benefit by the 20th day of each month, at the latest. When paying the benefit, the income of all family members is taken into account, from which the housing costs are deducted and the subsistence level for the first member of a family shall be EUR 130 per month. The subsistence level for subsequent adult family members is EUR 104. The subsistence level for minor children is EUR 130 per month. The objective of the subsistence benefit is to compensate for the amount missing from the subsistence level.
To apply for the subsistence benefit, contact the local social welfare department. More information is available at http://www.sm.ee/et/muud-toetused-ja-teenused#Toimetulekutoetus. Subsistence benefit is applied for in accordance with the Social Welfare Act.