CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps) enables you to buy more food, improve health and nutrition, and stretch your grocery budget.
To request a CalFresh application or get more information, call 916) 874-3100 or (209) 744-0499
Apply for CalFresh online.For more information about how to apply and use CalFresh, read brochure. In certain situations, you may qualify to receive emergency CalFresh within three (3) days.
The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program is California’s replacement of the Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) Program. Also known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), this program provides cash assistance for eligible families with children (time-limited for non-exempt adults). In 2013, approximately 33,000 families received CalWORKs in Sacramento County.
For more information on the CalWORKs program, see:
Starting January 1, 2013, there will be new rules that give you more Welfare-to-Work Activity options and require fewer participation hours for single-adult families.
The new rules do not change your CalWORKs 48-month time limit or your cash aid amount, but the WTW rules to stay on aid have changed.
Additional details are available in the following documents: New Calworks Rules for WTW.pdfSB1041 FAQ.pdf
The Cal-Learn Program, a program for pregnant or parenting teens under the age of 19 on welfare, is a statewide, mandatory program designed to help them graduate from high school and become self-sufficient.
The Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) is a state-funded program for aged, blind and disabled legal immigrants who are ineligible for Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment Program (SSI/SSP) due to immigration status. Sacramento is the administering county for the North State/Orange CAPI Consortium. DHA staff processes applications and maintains continuing cases for 26 Northern California counties, including Sacramento.
CalWORKs provides cash aid and services to eligible needy families. One of the services provided to help families achieve self–sufficiency is temporary child care subsidies.
The CalWORKs program created a three stage child care system to aid families in getting connected to local child care resources.
When someone enters the CalWORKs program their child care is considered Stage One. The Stage One child care subsidy remains active until the participant's work activity becomes stable and then they are transferred to Stage Two. The participant can remain in Stage Two for 24 months past the time their cash aid is discontinued or until their income reaches 75% of the state's median income. Stage Three is for former CalWORKs clients, diversion clients, and the general population when spaces are funded and available.
More information is available at the Childcare Services site.
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is a benefit issuance system that allows you to get your CalFresh or cash benefits using a debit-type card. EBT replaces paper checks and CalFresh so no more lost or stolen benefits. You do not need a bank account to use EBT.
This State website is a resource for California EBT cardholders to check individual account balances, view transaction history detail, check claim status, and locate retailers and automated teller machines (ATMs) that accept the EBT card. The Golden State Advantage card is California's EBT card.
By knowing the facts about your Golden State Advantage Card, or Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card, you can get ALL of your cash benefits each month and pay NO surcharges or transaction fees.
The Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance (DHA) is implementing the EBT Restaurant Meals Program on May 1, 2006. With this new program, more than 4,000 elderly, disabled, or homeless people, who receive food stamp benefits in Sacramento County, will be able to purchase prepared hot meals in addition to making their grocery store purchases using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
Restaurant Meals Fact Sheet | Authorization Form | Poster | Approved Restaurant List
The Foster Care (FC) Program provides cash and Medi-Cal benefits for providers of out-of-home care for children placed into foster care by Sacramento County Child Protective Services (CPS) or the Probation Department.
The General Assistance (GA) Program is a loan program designed to provide short-term assistance to indigent adults who are at least eighteen (18) years of age, unemployed or verified unemployable and who have no other means of support.
Access to quality health care for every eligible child and adult is a fundamental goal of the Department of Human Assistance.
The Affordable Care Act requires that most people have health care coverage. Enroll now for new health insurance options for you and your family, some at no cost to you.
Medi-Cal: Medi-Cal programs provide no-cost or low-cost health insurance for adults who are aged (65 years or older), blind, disabled, pregnant, or in a long-term facility; for children who are under 21 years of age; or for families with children including those who receive CalWORKs.
In 2014, eligibility for Medi-Cal was expanded to include people who are non-disabled, non-elderly and qualifying adults aged 19-64 with income levels at or below 138% the Federal Poverty Level.
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Health Insurance Assistance: Financial assistance to reduce the cost of health insurance is available to individuals and families whose income is below or at 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. Visit www.coveredca.com for more information.
The County Medically Indigent Services Program (CMISP) provides medically necessary care to all eligible indigents who are residents of Sacramento County. It is a program of “last resort” available to residents who do not have or are not eligible for other health care coverage. Persons who need to apply for health care coverage programs including CMISP may do so at the time they request medical services.
(916) 874-3100 or (209) 744-0499 (for those in 209 area code)TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired (916) 874-2599
Services provided by the Medi-CalFresh Service Center are for cases managed by Sacramento County only.
If you are receiving only Medi-Cal and/or CalFresh benefits from the Department of Human Assistance, you no longer need to come to our offices. Just call the Medi-CalFRESH Service Center with all your Medi-Cal/ CalFresh needs. Anyone who answers the Medi-CalFresh Service Center line can help you immediately.
The Medi-CalFresh Service Center is available to assist Medi-Cal and/or CalFresh clients only. If you are receiving CalWORKs, please contact your CalWORKs worker to resolve your issue.
The Adolfo program provides transitional housing and supportive services to former foster youth in the age range of 18 years and up to the 24th birthday for Transitional Housing and through 24 years for Permanent Supportive Housing.
For transitional housing information please call (916) 879-1784 and for permanent supportive housing information, please call (916) 453-2900.
Available benefits are primarily from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but we also assist in obtaining earned veterans' benefits from the State of California and local government entities.
Veterans Services is also responsible for administering the College Fee Waiver Program for Veterans' Dependents. This program is afforded to spouses, unmarried surviving spouses, and children of service-connected disabled or service related deceased veterans. Eligible dependents are not required to pay "mandatory system wide" tuition and fees while attending either a California community college, a campus of the California State University (Cal State) system, or a campus of the University of California (UC) system. This program not only provides eligible dependents with the incentive, but also the opportunity to pursue their goals.
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Monday through Friday:8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For additional locations and hours, please call 916-875-VETS