Human Services Benefit Search Tool


CalFresh is a benefit that helps low-income individuals and households purchase food. The benefits are available to the participant through an EBT card similar to any debit card. They can make purchases at most grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Disabled, elderly, and homeless participants may use the benefits to purchase prepared food at participating restaurants. CalFresh is administered through the SNAP via the Federal government, supervised at the State level, and operated by individual Counties. The benefit amount varies as it is determined by household income, number of people in the household, and certain expenses taken into consideration.

  • Nutrition
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver

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State & Federally funded programs that use centers and family child care home networks operated or administered by public or private agencies and local educational agencies. These agencies provide child development services for children from birth through 12 years of age and older children with exceptional needs. The programs also provide meals and snacks, parent education, referrals to health and social services for families.

  • Child Care
  • Nutrition
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver

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California Earned Income Tax Credit offers a tax credit for low- and moderate- income working families. EITC is designed to assist people with limited incomes by reducing the amount of federal income tax they owe. Even those who don’t earn enough money to owe federal income taxes may be eligible for an EITC.

  • Employment
  • Income
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Relative caregiver

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Provides an online directory of rental assistance programs in California for low income US citizens experiencing financial hardship.

  • Housing
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Relative caregiver

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CalWORKs provides temporary cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. CalWORKs provides time-limited assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, child care and expenses other than medical. Active WTW participants and those transitioning off aide can receive childcare assistance when working or completing WTW activities. Eligibility is determined based on applicant’s citizenship, age, income, resources, assets and other factors.

  • Child Care
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Income
  • Transportation
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent

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Homeless Assistance is available to CalWORKs eligible families to meet the reasonable costs of securing permanent housing, and for temporary shelter while seeking permanent housing. Families must meet the definition of homeless, and assistance is restricted to once in a lifetime with few exceptions.

  • Housing
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Relative caregiver

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California’s Welfare to Work (W2W) program is designed to assist welfare recipients to obtain or prepare for employment. The welfare to work program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by each county welfare department or its contractors. All welfare to work participants receive an orientation to the program and an appraisal of their education and employment background.

  • Child Care
  • Income
  • Transportation
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent

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Housing can be provided if seen as a barrier to employment. Transportation can be included in the Welfare-to-Work or Family Stabilization Plan.

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs

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CHDP is a preventive program that delivers periodic health assessments and services to low income children and youth in California. CHDP provides care coordination to assist families with medical appointment scheduling, transportation, and access to diagnostic and treatment services.

  • Health
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Relative caregiver
  • Undocumented parent

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Makes it simple and more affordable for millions of Californians to qualify for health insurance. If income is very limited, the individual may be eligible for Medi-Cal or sliding scale. Open enrollment period is limited; check website for timing (generally Nov. – Dec.). Foster Youth would qualify for FFCC Medi-Cal.

  • Health
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver

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The EITC is a federally administered tax credit for low to moderate income working people, particularly those with children. The amount of EITC benefit depends on a recipient’s income and number of children. The EITC reduces the amount of tax a person owes, and may result in a refund.

  • Employment
  • Income
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Relative caregiver

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Mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and affordable housing. The program includes but is not limited to: Continuum of Care (CoC), Section 8, Shelter Plus Care, Supportive Housing, HUD Rental Program; Public Housing. Undocumented parents are eligible if they have a family member who is already a citizen or eligible immigrant.

  • Housing
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver
  • Undocumented parent

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General Assistance or General Relief (GA/GR) Program is designed to provide relief and support to in indigent adults who are not supported by their own means, other public funds, or assistance programs. Each county’s GA/GR program is established and funded (100%) by its own Board of Supervisors. As the state is not involved in this program, benefits, payment levels, and eligibility requirements will vary among each of CA’s counties.

  • Housing
  • Income
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Relative caregiver

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The IHSS Program will help pay for services as an alternative to out-of-home care in order to remain safely in alternative to out-of-home care in order to remain safely in the home where the caregiver is over 65 or disabled at any age, or blind; or for a disabled child.

  • Health
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver

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Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of essential medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Medi-Cal is supported by Federal and state taxes. Transportation support to access medical treatment is also available. CalWORKS and SSI participants are automatically approved for Medi-Cal upon approval of their CalWORKS/SSI benefits. For many individuals who enroll in Medi-Cal, there is no premium, no co-payment, and no out-of-pocket cost. Emancipating foster youth would qualify for Former Foster Care Children Medi-Cal. Undocumented parents received a restricted card unless pregnant.

  • Health
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver
  • Undocumented parent

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Provides pregnant women with comprehensive health care coverage for a low cost with no co-payments or deductibles for its covered services. Their newborns may be covered by the DHCS AIM-Linked Infant and Children’s Program and is eligible for up to two years.

  • Health
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver

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SSDI is a monthly cash assistance program for workers between 18-65 who have paid into Social Security (via payroll taxes) for a certain number of years and who become disabled. After receiving SSDI for two years, a disabled person will become eligible for Medicare. Under SSDI, a disabled person’s spouse and children dependents are eligible to receive certain benefits. However, only adults over the age of 18 can receive the SSDI disability benefit. Unlike SSI, SSDI requires a 5-month waiting period from the time an individual becomes disabled to the time they can begin receiving benefits.

  • Income
  • Relative caregiver

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SSI provides a cash stipend to low-income adults and children who are blind, disabled or over 65 years old. It’s a means-tested program designed to provide income for basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter.

  • Income
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver

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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for low-income pregnant or breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five. It is a Federal program that provides benefits to purchase foods rich in nutrients needed during growth periods as well as nutrition education and referrals to other community resources. Participants receive the benefits through a monthly check, voucher, or EBT card depending on County of residence. Most individuals and families that are recipients of other benefit programs, such as CalFresh, should be eligible for WIC benefits. If a Foster youth is pregnant or has a child, or if a relative caregiver has guardianship, or if a non-custodial parent is pregnant, they may be eligible.

  • Nutrition
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver
  • Undocumented parent

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California’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) was established in compliance with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 to provide customer-focused employment training resources for adults and dislocated workers. California’s statewide list of qualified training providers offers a wide range of educational programs, including classroom, correspondence, online and apprenticeship programs.

  • Employment
  • Families eligible for CalWORKs
  • Families not eligible to CalWORKs
  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Relative caregiver

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