​Department of Human Assistance Benefits

The Department of Human Assistance administers various federal, state, and local government programs designed to provide temporary cash aid, food assistance, and health insurance for eligible low-income Sacramento County residents.

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CalFresh

CalFresh can help you and your family.

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.


CalWORKs

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:

New Rules for CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Activities

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.

Summary of New WTW Rules

  • Starting January 1, 2013, there is a new WTW 24-month Time Clock (within the 48-month Time Clock).
  • For most families, there are fewer required hours of participation.
  • You will have more choices of activities you can participate in during the WTW 24-Month Time Clock period. At the end of the WTW 24-month Time Clock period, you will have fewer choices of activities that count.
  • There are times when your WTW 24-Month Time Clock may stop. Months when your clock is stopped will not count towards your WTW 24-Month Time Clock.

Additional details are available in the following documents:
New Calworks Rules for WTW.pdfNew Calworks Rules for WTW.pdf
SB1041 FAQ.pdfSB1041 FAQ.pdf


Cal-Learn

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.


CAPI

Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) is a state-funded cash assistance program for certain aged, blind and disabled immigrants. DHA is the lead county in the North State/Orange CAPI Consortium. DHA staff processes applications and maintains continuing cases for Orange County and 24 Northern California counties.


Childcare Services

What is CalWORKs and the Three Stage Child Care System?

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.


CMISP (County Medicaly Indigent Services Program)

The CMISP program provides medically necessary care to all eligible indigents who are residents of Sacramento County.

All recipients of General Assistance (GA) are automatically eligible for CMISP Clinic Services. Other persons who need to apply for CMISP may do so at the time they request medical services.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a special refund for low income working families that is in addition to any income tax refunds they may already receive. In 2008, DHA helped 2,489 low income working families complete their Federal and State income tax returns electronically at no charge. The total refunds were more than $3.8 million.


EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer)

EBT Announcement

A new, easy-to-use card replaced food stamp coupons and paper checks for Sacramento County public assistance recipients. It's the Golden State Advantage Card, and it's part of the Electronic Benefit Transfer system or EBT.

EBT At A Glance

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is a benefit issuance system that allows you to get your food stamp or cash benefits using a debit-type card. EBT replaces paper checks and food stamp coupons so no more lost or stolen benefits. You do not need a bank account to use EBT.

California EBT Client Website

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.

How To Get EBT Cash At Low Or No Cost

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.

EBT Restaurant Meals Program

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

Foster Care

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.


General Assistance

The General Assistance (GA) Program is a repayable 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.


LIHP (Health Programs)

LIHP is a managed care health plan that will allow Sacramento County residents who do not qualify for Medi-Cal to receive health care coverage until, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the Medicaid program expands to all non-Medicare eligible individuals in 2014. Sacramento County has contracted with Molina Healthcare to manage the LIHP program. Click here for information on how to apply.


Medi-Cal Services

Access to quality health care for every eligible child and adult is a fundamental goal of the Department of Human Assistance.

Affordable Health Care

Affordable health care options are now available.

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: Beginning in 2014, eligibility for Medi-Cal will be 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.

It’s Easy to Apply:

  • Online at www.mybenefitscalwin.org
  • Call the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance: (916)874-3100 or (209)744-0499
  • Apply in person at a Sacramento County office (M-F 8-4)
4433 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95823
10013 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova, CA 95827
2700 Fulton Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
3960 Research Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95838
1725 28th St
Sacramento, CA 95816
2450 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
5747 Watt Ave.
North Highlands, CA 95660
210 North Lincoln Way
Galt, CA 95632


Health Insurance Assistance
: Financial assistance to reduce the cost of health insurance is also available. Individuals who earn up to $45,960 and families of four that earn up to $94,200 per year may now qualify. Visit www.CoveredCA.com to see examples of benefits and costs.

County Medically Indigent Services Program (CMISP)

The CMISP program provides medically necessary care to all eligible indigents who are residents of Sacramento County. All recipients of General Assistance (GA) are automatically eligible for CMISP Clinic Services. Other persons who need to apply for CMISP may do so at the time they request medical services.

Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs

The Medi-Cal and Healthy Families 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 who receive CalWORKs and/or are deprived of support or care because at least one of their parents is unemployed/underemployed, absent, deceased, or incapacitated.

Medi-CalFresh Service Center

(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.


Transitional Housing

Laverne Adolfo Housing Programs for Former Foster Youth

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 Intake information please call (916) 879-1784.


Veterans Services

DHA Veterans Services can assist you with the following:

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.

  • Service-Connected Disability Compensation Benefits
  • Non Service-Connected Disability Pension Benefits
  • Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Benefits
  • Death Pension Benefits
  • Aid & Attendance Entitlement
  • VA Medical Care Eligibility & Access
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
  • California College Fee Waiver Program
  • VA Life Insurance
  • State Veterans Homes
  • Requests for Military Records
  • Discharge Upgrade Information
  • Burial Benefits
  • Other Ancillary Benefits & Programs

Sacramento County Veteran’s Services is here to help

Contact us:

Monday through Friday:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2007 19th Street Sacramento CA 95818
Phone 916-874-6811 or
email DHA-VET@saccounty.net